Materials Used in Medical Devices, Implants & Surgical Tools

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Develop safer and more resilient medical products

Safety, compliance, performance, and resilience are key considerations when choosing materials for medical devices, implants, surgical tools, and health monitoring wearables. Exponent provides multidisciplinary support for medical devices throughout the product lifecycle — from early-stage feasibility and design to manufacturing and post-market considerations.

How can Exponent's polymer & materials chemistry experts help you address challenges regarding materials used in medical devices?

Polymeric materials, batteries, hydrogels, textiles, and combination materials play a critical part in transforming what's possible regarding medical devices, implants, and surgical tools — but not without encountering issues on the way to market.

Exponent's polymer and materials chemistry scientists collaborate with multidisciplinary teams composed of mechanical engineers, toxicologists, materials and corrosion experts, and data scientists to evaluate and enhance the biocompatibility, safety, and performance of next-gen medical products.

Applying exacting science and rigorous methods, Exponent assists clients with early-stage feasibility, design, manufacturing, and post-market considerations. We help clients navigate design verification and validation (V&V) in manufacture and launch and develop appropriate regulatory strategies.

We support validation of medical device performance for regulatory approval (e.g., FDA 510(k) or premarket approval (PMA)) as well as conduct finite element, corrosion, fatigue, fretting, wear, fluid dynamics, material property, and fracture mechanics testing and analysis of all types of medical devices. 

We also assist clients with full cycle support for issues of intellectual property including patent infringement, patent validity, and trade secret assessments.

Our 50+ years of experience in failure analysis informs our approach to medical device quality, usability, and risk management, and we connect past lessons from all industries to make the future safer and healthier. Together, we bring expertise in polymers, metals, and ceramics — helping you accurately understand your medical device challenge, mitigate it, and move forward. 

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