ERJ staff report (BC)
Heanor, UK - Four D Rubber, a UK-based manufacturer of latex sheeting for the dental, fitness, clothing and industrial markets, is partnering with Yulex Corporation, an agricultural-based biomaterials company, to produce a plant-based, latex allergy-friendly dental dam.
The Yulex dental dam will be made from biorubber derived from the bark of the guayule plant. Guayule is a non-food desert shrub grown in the US.
Yulex applies materials science and techniques of sustainable agriculture and clean bioprocessing to replace imported hevea latex and synthetic materials.
Consumer and medical products made from hevea rubber latex can cause a Type 1 allergic reaction in some people. Yulex's guayule-based biorubbers do not contain sensitising allergenic proteins, says the company.