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Talga & Biomer to Jointly Develop Graphene-enhanced Thermoplastics for Healthcare

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Talga GrapheneAustralian advanced materials technology company, Talga Resources Ltd. has signed a Joint Development Agreement (“JDA”) with Biomer Technology Ltd (“Biomer”), a UK-based polymer manufacturing and technology company, to co-develop graphene-enhanced thermoplastics for potential commercialization in the healthcare and coating markets.

JDA for Graphene Commercialization
This initiative is in the composites sector under Talga’s graphene commercialization strategy. Highlights of the JDA include:

  • Creation of new multifunctional thermoplastic polyurethanes incorporating Talga’s functionalized graphene (“Talphene®”) in Biomer polymers.
  • Includes terms for evaluation, five (5) years exclusive supply in the event of commercialization of products and intellectual property ownership.
  • Commercialization of successful products for targeted biomedical and coating applications can be facilitated through Biomer’s existing global-scale commercial clients.

Graphene-incorporated TPU
Under the terms of the JDA, Biomer will design and synthesize thermoplastic polyurethanes (“TPU”) incorporating Talga’s graphene (“Talphene®”) products for evaluation in biomaterial (medical devices) and industrial coating (marine anti-fouling) amongst other applications.

The incorporation of amounts of Talphene® into Biomer’s proprietary TPU is expected to improve a range of key performance characteristics including:

The Talphene® enhanced TPU will be evaluated alongside Biomer’s commercially available TPU and other polymers under development with Biomer’s global industrial partners.

Talga Signs JDA with Biomer
Talga Managing Director Mark Thompson:
“Talga is excited to enter this agreement with Biomer that provides an accelerated path to new polyurethane products and expanded commercial opportunities. Biomer has an extensive network of advanced polymer materials technologies experts and commercial/customer relationships that can be leveraged to accelerate Talphene® into the world of polyurethane products.

We look forward to working with Biomer through the JDA to incorporate Talphene® into Biomer products with a view to enhancing people’s lives through advanced biomedical healthcare products, reducing eco-impacts of ship coatings in the marine environment and improvements to many other polyurethane based products”.

Biomer Managing Director Simon Dixon:
“Biomer are excited to work with Talga on the significant potential for graphene in our proprietary high performance polymers and the opportunities it presents for advancing both design and manufacturing in the biomedical and specialty industrial market sectors.

Understanding the technological capabilities for graphene is fundamental to unlocking the potential for this material. We look forward to working with Talga’s research team in Cambridge and its unique functionalized graphene formulations which, through the JDA, will provide the ideal platform to realize these opportunities.”

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This project has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° [609149].

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