When designing your next generation medical device, a crucial step in the early stages of the process is selecting materials with the appropriate biocompatibility and biostability profiles. In simple terms, biocompatibility is the effect of a material on its host, while biostability is the effect of the host on the material. As partners in the device development process, we not only help guide you through the biocompatibility and biostability selection process, but also serve as a collaborative partner throughout the entire journey, giving you better control over the process of bringing that device to market. At Lubrizol, our goal is delivering value beyond the device.
Biocompatibility and biostability are two properties in the material selection process that are important, but sometimes misunderstood. This introduction defines these terms, explains why they both matter to patient health, and provides examples of how performance properties of commonly used polymers determine what devices in which they may successfully be used.
In this short video, learn about hemocompatibility, the importance of biocompatible polymers to the material selection process, and the impact on device performance compared to that of a non-biocompatible polymer.