The medical industry's need to "reduce costs, provide safer materials and improve patient safety" is driving innovations among medical-material developers, according to this article. "We need to provide high-performance materials that solve the problems the industry faces in improving patient care, providing a safer environment and reducing manufacturing costs," said Scott Hanson, an executive for the medical-market segment of the specialty-plastics division of Eastman Chemical. "When there are alternatives, they are willing to consider them if you can provide them at the same or lower price point," he added.

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