Millions of patients whose bladders have been catheterized can testify to the discomfort. Our lubricious coatings mean that catheters are easier to wet, can hold more water longer and are smoother for easier insertion into the urethra, with less tissue damage and irritation. DSM coatings are designed in such a way that the coated catheter remains wet and slippery over a prolonged period of time.​


Over 65 million catheters coated each year

Examples of medical devices in which DSM biomaterials have been applied:

  • Drug collated balloons​

  • Guidewires and introducer sheaths​

  • Hemodialysis tubing and filters​

  • Intermittent catheters​

  • Intravascular imaging & pressure monitoring catheters​

  • PTCA and PTA balloon catheters​

  • Transcatheter heart valves and their delivery systems​

  • Tracheostomy devices​

  • Urology stents

DSM technology serving this market

  • Coatings


    Hydrophilic coatings that provide industry-leading process control and process optimization.

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  • Our products

    Our products

    DSM portfolio of innovative biomedical materials and process manufacturing technologies: Biomedical Polyethylenes, Biomedical polyurethanes, Collagen Technology, Device Development, and Extracellular Matrix (ECM) Technology. Learn more.

  • The markets we serve

    The markets we serve

    DSM Biomedical offers the broadest portfolio of biomedical materials and manufacturing across market applications, including orthopedics, ophthalmology, neurology, cardiology, diabetes, wound, and continence care.

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