The medical technology area targets manufacturers of implants, instruments, medical adhesives, and wound dressings as well as coating companies. The focus in the life sciences area is on biological surface functionalization and biosensors.
Depending on the specific application, materials must meet a large number of requirements for use in medical technology. The cleaning properties, durability, and mechanical properties must in many cases meet strict requirements.
Other factors are the high demands on the long-term stability and reliability of products, ever increasing standardization, approval restrictions, and cost pressure from health care providers.
Optimum biocompatibility and biointegration are becoming ever more important for medical products. The many years of experience of Fraunhofer IFAM developing materials for medical technology applications means that the institute has built up a wealth of know-how in the following areas: