Life Sciences

Improving lives is paramount. Gore helps life sciences leaders focus on patient safety — and controlling costs — by developing life-saving medical devices, reliable component parts, and high-performance products for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing with an unwavering focus on quality and performance.

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The life sciences industry is a large and multifaceted with one overarching objective: to improve the standard of living through healthcare solutions.

Overview

With this goal comes the need to meet high standards. Entrusted to develop safe and effective medications, medical devices and other treatments at a reasonable cost, companies in the life sciences industry must meet a stringent set of regulations, all while developing therapies or intricate medical devices that are increasingly expensive and complicated to design and make.

In this heavily regulated, competitive landscape, manufacturers and healthcare providers need products — and partners — they can trust.

Gore helps our life sciences partners meet their challenges so they can improve quality of life for their patients and customers. Our products and process components include:

  • medical devices for vascular repair and tissue deficiencies
  •  components for medical device manufacturers’ acoustic protection, venting and filtration needs
  • single-use and mulit-use products for and pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical processing

Our work in the life sciences industry takes many forms: devices like hernia meshes helping patients heal quickly; peristaltic pump tubing protecting valuable drug product from process upsets; filtration membranes for greater processing efficiency. Throughout our partnerships, we collaborate with manufacturers and the medical community to design the solutions that fit their needs without compromising patient safety. As with many Gore products, our life sciences solutions provide high value over time— whether aiding healing and faster recovery time, improving patient comfort, resisting contamination, containing complex biologics, maintaining speedy processing times, or aiding analysis and development without disruptive errors or process issues.

What’s Next in the Life Sciences Industry?

Manufacturers and healthcare providers alike are facing the need to reduce costs without sacrificing safety, quality or reliability.

One cost-saving measure that Gore provides is a line of reliable and durable products designed to reduce processing time. The advanced materials we use in our products — particularly PTFE and ePTFE — have properties of superior airflow, high vapour release and tensile strength, among many others. These properties enable our products to perform more efficiently while often taking smaller and lighter forms than our competitors’. For instance, our new GORE® Sterilizing-Grade Vent Filters deliver equal airflow of traditional vent filters but at half their size; this reduces potential process errors due to tubing kinking.

Contamination can also drive up costs by way of process upsets and unusable batches. Gore’s life sciences solutions are designed specifically for use in sterile environments. Again, our advanced materials contribute to our products’ contamination control. In addition to ePTFE being bioinert and resistant to particulation and extreme temperatures, our products provide a reliable barrier to contaminants to keep life sciences processes sterile and pure.

The most reliable method of reducing costs is selecting products that deliver high value and performance. At Gore, we only release products that pass our rigorous set of internal tests and that we know will deliver value for our customers. When you select a Gore solution, you know you’ve made a monetary investment in high performance.

Meeting Standards is Our Standard

All Gore products for life sciences use are manufactured specifically for use in medical or pharmaceutical settings and comply with regulations our customers may require. Depending on those requirements, you will find products manufactured under Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO 15378, and/or regulations for food contact.

A History of Healthcare Solutions

Gore has always looked for ways to improve lives through advanced materials. In 1970, we found a way to improve lives — and even save them — through life sciences.

That year, a surgeon suggested that we use ePTFE to replace a human blood vessel. Soon after, Gore developed a life-saving vessel replacement for a patient suffering from a diseased portal vein. To date, over 40 million Gore devices have been implanted, including stents, sutures, endovascular and interventional devices, and many more health solutions. Through Gore’s advanced materials expertise, we’ve engineered our implantable medical devices to work in harmony with the body’s own tissues, leading to improved clinical outcomes and, in many cases, restored normal functioning.

Gore entered the pharmaceutical and bioprocessing industry 15 years ago with the introduction of the GORE® LYOGUARD® Freeze-Drying Tray, a single-use lyophilisation product which provides an effective barrier to contamination with a high vapour transmission rate. Since then, we’ve developed many single-use and multi-use products and process components to solve specific issues relative to pharmaceutical manufacturing.

For over 40 years, whether designing hearing aids, IV infusion filters or ostomy bags, medical device OEMs have relied on waterproof, breathable GORE® Microfiltration Media and components to provide quick pressure equalisation, help air elimination, and preserve sound quality. 

As the medical and pharmaceutical industries look toward improving clinical outcomes  and developing increasingly complex therapeutics, Gore can be counted on to help advance progress with its unique expertise in materials science.