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DSM in Medical

Orthopedics: Advanced materials for orthopedic solutions

DSM materials are helping medical device manufacturers and clinicians overcome many challenges in orthopedics through the use of novel biomaterials that set the standard for biocompatibility, biostability and wear resistance. We apply our various technology platforms to provide clinical solutions to many medical challenges, including soft tissue and bone repair, structural fixation and development of implants and instrumentation for minimally-invasive surgical procedures. 

Restoring joints

Orthopedic surgeons count on the use of DSM biomaterials for a wide range of orthopedic applications. We produce materials and products for use in ACL reconstruction, and rotator cuff, cartilage and meniscus repair. Many medical device manufacturers use our polymers to give their products exceptional strength, biostability and improved clinical performance. This makes DSM the partner-of-choice when these customers develop next-generation devices.

Structural support and tissue repair

By developing products from synthetic resorbable polymers, medical ceramics and naturally derived collagen, we can produce custom materials for specific clinical applications. Additionally, we create adhesion barriers from collagen or polymer-based thin sheets and we add strengthening technology to extruded polymer parts to make resorbable plates and screws. These devices are strong enough to replace metal components in various applications.

Our synthetic polymer, bioceramics, natural collagen and Extracellular Matrix (ECM) technology platforms enable us to develop tissue regeneration scaffolds that provide a hospitable environment for both hard and soft tissue repair. Whether increasing the shear strength of a resorbable mandibular fracture fixation screw or enhancing the osteoconductive behavior of a bone void filler, DSM  has the material, processing know-how and experience to develop novel products that benefit both patients and physicians.

Dyneema Purity® fiber is the leading material for use in high-strength orthopedic sutures because our unique formulation provides uncompromising strength and minimizes impact on surrounding tissue. Dyneema Purity® fiber is used in millions of patients, to restore and preserve the body’s natural biomechanics and accelerate patient recovery, leaving our broad portfolio of original, colored and radiopaque fibers

Our polyurethane materials are instrumental in various spinal procedures, where these custom-formulated, high-strength elastomeric polymers can offer a motion preserving alternative option to fusion.




  • Adhesion barriers
  • Biomedical fibers for:
    • Arthroscopic procedures
    • Cerclage cables
    • Ligament fixation
    • Meniscus tears
    • Rotator cuff damage
    • Soft tissue applications
    • Spinal stability
  • Bone void fillers
  • Extracellular Matrix (ECM) technology for soft tissue repair
  • Graft containment devices
  • Resorbable fixation plates and screws


  • Implants for joint reconstruction (hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist and ankle)
  • Motion preservation devices for the spine
  • Polymeric plate systems
  • Spinal cages
  • Spinal plates
  • Total disc replacement devices


  • Drug delivery systems for delivery of pain, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial drugs

Bioceramics materials and technology - More>

  • Calcium phosphates (α-TCP, ß-TCP, MCPM)
  • Resorbable/ceramic composites (PLA, PGA, PCL)
  • Multiple configurations (powders, granules, porous shapes, settable pastes, settable putties, anorganic bone)

Biomedical polyethylenes

Biomedical polyurethanes

Collagen materials and technology - More>

  • Purified collagen
  • Solution and slurry processing
  • Collagen blending and compounding
  • Multiple configurations (sheets, putties, injectables, gels, three dimensional shapes, coatings, fibers, and powders)

Drug Delivery

UHMWPE stabilizing technology

Polymers and metals processing technology - More>

  • Resorbable materials [Polylactide (PLA), Polylactide-co-glycolide (PLGA), Polycaprolactone (PCL), Polycarbonate (e.g. TMC)]
  • Non resorbable materials (PEEK, TPU)
  • Implant-grade metals ( titanium, stainless steel)

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