Collaborative Materials Database: New Online Resource for Medical Device Researchers

Achievement date: 
2013
Outcome/accomplishment: 

A new Materials Database for Medical Devices (MD2) has been launched by the NSF-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials (RMB), headquartered at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, in collaboration with ASM International (an international materials information society). MD2 houses data generated by ERC-RMB researchers and their global collaborators with an ultimate goal of serving as source data for the ASM Medical Materials Database.

Impact/benefits: 

MD2 provides a repository for ERC-RMB materials research and leverages its benefit by increasing the visibility of and access to data. Collaborating with ASM’s Medical Materials Program, the most used and trusted source of materials information in the world, brings global attention to ERC-RMB and enhances its ability to contribute to medical device design.

Explanation/Background: 

MD2 enables ERC-RMB materials researchers to integrate their findings in a well-structured, flexible, and searchable data management and information system capable of accommodating the needs of a complex multidisciplinary research community.

A system consisting of four databases—Materials,  Devices, Methods, and Knowledge (references)—MD2’s structure allows an unlimited number of records to be attached to each material, such as images, hyperlinks, attachments, presentations, and datasheets. All data entries are linked to a specific method or bibliographic reference. Records can be updated by ERC-RMB members with user rights.

The database will also serve as a handbook for students and researchers, providing access to regulatory documents about methods and standards as well as theoretical and practical notes supporting data collection.