Consumers: Our Technologies
Our vision at Closure Medical Corporation is to revolutionize
healing, and we know that many of life’s injuries occur
close to home. That’s why our vision has always included
products for the first-aid kit and the medicine cabinet. Although
these products may seem ordinary, they derive from the same
extraordinary technologies as the medical devices you can
find at the hospital or your doctor’s office.
Our medical adhesives are non-toxic, flexible, and set quickly.
Our unique technologies are based on special formulations
of materials known to chemists as cyanoacrylates. In chemists’
terms, these adhesives are monomers (a type of molecule) under
normal conditions, but they can react and change into polymers
(a more complex type of molecule). When the monomer changes
into a polymer, it forms a very tough but thin film. This
thin polymer film not only forms a strong adhesive bond, it
is also flexible and waterproof, yet wears off naturally over
the course of several days. This film is “breathable”
but studies have shown that it acts as a microbial barrier,
keeping out germs associated with skin infections.
Different formulations of this adhesive film have allowed
us to create products as different as BAND-AID® Brand
Liquid Adhesive Bandage, SOOTHE-N-SEAL® canker sore relief
for use inside the mouth, and DERMABOND Topical Skin Adhesive
for use by physicians. In fact, variations on this original
formula may one day be used for many other applications, including
use by surgeons inside the body.
We at Closure Medical see many exciting ways our technologies
can be used. In fact, virtually every medical specialty could
benefit from a special liquid adhesive to promote healing.