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Strategic Polymer Sciences (SPS; State College, Pennsylvania), which specializes in polymeric electronic materials, said it has struck a joint-development agreement with Solvay's (Brussels, Belgium) affiliate for fluorinated resins, Solvay Solexis, about large-scale production of ultra-high-energy density capacitor dielectric materials based on biaxially-oriented polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF).

SPS has patents on using these materials in capacitor applications, which are aimed at a variety of specialty capacitor markets, including hybrid electric vehicles and defibrillators in the medical market.

Some of the main benefits from the materials for hybrid electric vehicle systems are lower cost and weight-saving and thus an increased energy-efficiency.

"This joint-development agreement with one of the world's top chemical companies is an important step in the growth of Strategic Polymers," said Ralph Russo, president/CEO of SPS. "The agreement will enable SPS technology to enter the market much more quickly and allow Solvay to enter a new high-value market."

In other agreements/contracts news, AmeriChoice by UnitedHealthcare (Rocky Hill, Connecticut) and Physicians for Women's Health, Connecticut's largest provider of obstetrics and gynecological care, reported an agreement that will provide members of AmeriChoice by UnitedHealthcare's Charter Oak Plan and HUSKY health programs with access to more than 140 women's health physicians and more than 60 additional practitioners, including certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses in nearly 70 locations throughout the state.