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About Use Of Biopolymer Materials For Medical Devices?


Biopolymer Plastics include any polymer that will disintegrate in a biological system in reasonable timescale. For the Medical Devices, biodegradable polymer shows properties to get dismantled inside the human body by means of metabolism within a period between several days and years. As a result, the implanted devices manufactured from these materials will completely disappear without further action.


One of the common medical applications since 1960s is absorbent surgical suture.


There are five major groups of biodegradable plastic materials commercially available. The combination of these materials by copolymerization or compounding result in wide range of materials.

  • Polyglycolic Acid (PGA) : For implants such as plates, pins, rods and screws.

  • Polylatic Acid (PLA) : For implants such as anchors, meshes, pins, rods, and screws.

  • Polycaprolactone (PCL) : For implants such as adhesion barriers, suture, or drug delivery.

  • Polyanhydrides : Preferred for drug delivery.

  • Polylactic-Co-Glycolic Acid (PLGA) : Due to the wide range of material properties, utilized for implants such as grafts, sutures, surgical films, and nanoparticles.

Recent developments in biopolymer manufacturing have created new opportunities for increased integration of biopolymers into medical products, devices and services. Biopolymers are now also being credited with their extensive use in the pharmaceutical industry for healing of wounds of any shape, size, or depth.


As per a recent report by “IndustryARC” , during the forecast period of 2019-2025, the biopolymer market will undergo an outstanding growth with a CAGR of 19%.

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