The biomedical materials industry develops and manufactures materials used in medical devices and implants. Biomedical materials must be compatible with the human or other animal body, they are being used with. They must be non-toxic, non-rejection, durable and able to withstand the stresses of the body environment.
Biomedical materials are used in a wide range of medical applications, including:
- Implants: Creating artificial joints, prosthetics, pacemakers, heart valves, dental implants, and other devices that are implanted into the body
- Medical devices: Used to diagnose, treat, or monitor medical conditions. Including catheters, stents, imaging devices, and surgical instruments
- Drug delivery systems: Developing drug delivery systems that release drugs into the body in a controlled manner including insulin pumps, slow release patches, inhalers, and drug coatings
- Tissue engineering: Creating scaffolds that support the growth of new tissue or as grafts to replace damaged tissues
Advancements in industrial materials science and engineering, opening the potential for new biomedical applications, have led to development of new and improved biocompatible materials. Improved understanding of anatomy, physiology and disease pathways, the increased prevalence of chronic diseases and the drive for less invasive techniques, have all contributed to the growth and increased investment in this sector. As complexity of treatments grow, demand for cost-effective, lower risk options for both the human and veterinary medical industries increases.
Biomedical materials play a significant role in modern medicine and the biomedical industry is highly innovative. It involves a wide range of disciplines, including medicine, materials science, chemistry, engineering, and biology, and is constantly evolving as new materials and technologies are developed and commercialised.
PI-KEM is well-positioned to meet the needs of this growing market, our wide product portfolio, the technical expertise of our Advanced Materials Business Development Team, and our commitment to customer service make us a valued partner for companies and researchers in this sector.