Biomedical Polymers

Biomedical materials

Biomedical materials are materials designed to interact in a safe manner with biological systems for a medical purpose either for therapeutic applications such as management of circulatory, digestive, endocrine, immune, muscular, nervous, renal, or skin conditions, or for diagnostic applications.

The biomedical polymer research at the MRI and APT is underpinned by a strong tradition in polymer chemistry and polymer processing capabilities. Building on these foundations, a wide variety of materials and manufacturing methods are currently being developed.

With sales revenues of approximately €120 billion in 2020, medical technology is a major contributor to the EU economy, employing greater than 600,000 people in advanced roles and accounting for 27.6% of the world market (4MedTech Europe report, 2021).

Advancements in polymer technology have enabled plastics to be used in healthcare applications that demand high consistency, performance, precision and regulatory compliance. APT, in collaboration with its industrial and academic partners, will create innovative technologies that will underpin the development of next generation polymer medical devices and platform drug delivery solutions. 

3D Printing

SLA is all about precision and accuracy, so it is often used when form, fit, and assembly are critical. The tolerances on …


Injection moulding is a polymer process technique that allows for the manufacture of parts of intricate shape and high…


Hot melt extrusion is a continuous polymer processing technique that allows, by the action of pressure and…

Testing and Investigation

Comprehensive polymer investigation, characterization and testing service

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