Patent Number: 7,101,597

Title: Medical devices made from polymer blends containing low melting temperature liquid crystal polymers

Abstract: A medical device, at least a portion of which is composed of a polymeric material in which the polymeric material is a melt blend product of at least two different thermoplastic polymers, one of the thermoplastic polymers being a thermoplastic liquid crystal polymer (LCP) having a melting point of less than C. The portion of the device made from the melt blend may be a catheter body segment or a balloon for a catheter. The LCP blends suitably also include a non-LCP base polymer having a melting point in the range of about C. to about C.

Inventors: Wang; Lixiao (Long Lake, MN), Chen; Jianhua (Plymouth, MN)

Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

International Classification: B29D 22/02 (20060101); B29D 23/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/05/02018