More and more medical device designs are moving to biodegradable polymers that can respond to in vivo stimuli, are amenable to remodeling, and are designed to degrade in the body when they are no longer needed. Load-bearing implants that treat large defects greatly benefit from absorbable biomaterial coatings that enhance integration with the host tissues and improve long-term patency. Bioresorbable stents, stent coatings, and drug-eluting stents have all been designed with biodegradable polymers. Orthopedic implants, fixation devices, and dental implants often utilize bioabsorbable polymers either fully or partially in their designs.
Tissue sealants and adhesives developed with biodegradable polymers offer significant advantages over permanent devices since biodegradable devices do not require removal and eventually degrade in the body. Personalized medicine is driving a shift to additively manufactured devices at point of care settings, and many of our biodegradable polymer formulations are suitable for 3D printing. Each medical device design is unique and has its own set of product requirements. Contact us to discuss your device application and find the best suited biodegradable polymer for your product.