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DSM in Medical

Polymer and Composite Processing

DSM has extensive experience in the design, development, manufacture and sterilization of medical devices made from synthetic resorbable and permanent (non-resorbable) polymers. These devices serve the sports medicine, spine, trauma, craniomaxilofacial, and dental markets.

Resorbable (bioresorbable and bioasorbable) materials

Our bioresorbable mateials  include orthopedic screws, anchors, pins and plates and high-strength reinforced products such as trauma repair plating systems. We also specialize in porous scaffolds made from the same resorbable materials which are cleared for use as bone void fillers and membrane barriers. Additives such as ceramics or bioactive glass can be incorporated into these devices to enhance their behavior.

  • Polylactides (PLA)
  • Polyglycolides (PGA)
  • Polycaprolactones (PCL)
  • Trimethylcarbonate (TMC)
  • Copolymer blends of these materials

Permanent materials

Commercial examples include orthopedic screws, anchors, pins and interbody spine fusion devices.

  • Polyetheretherketone (PEEK)
  • Thermoplastic Polyurethanes (TPU)


Custom-blends of polymers with ceramics, fiber, fillers or dyes to achieve unique properties including:

  • Enhanced strength
  • Better visualization
  • Radiopacity
  • Osteointegration and osteocondusction

Project and processing capabilities

We have an experienced and diversified staff of business and technical experts to be a trusted partner for our customers.  Our extensive processing capabilities include:

  • 25,000 ft² of cleanroom manufacturing space
  • Injection molding (vertical and horizontal)
  • Insert molding
  • Compression molding
  • Single and twin screw extrusion
  • Cleanroom machining
  • Laser cutting and perforation of films
  • Ultrasonic welding
  • In-house mold making

Biomedical testing services

  • Chemical, mechanical and analytic test capabilities
  • In vitro degradation and accelerated aging studies
  • Shelf life and packaging stability studies
  • Contract testing for design optimization, regulatory submissions, and lot release
  • Biomechanical testing

DSM is registered with the US FDA as a medical device manufacturer. Our quality management system is certified to ISO 13485 and the Exton, PA facility is UKAS accredited.



DSM polymer materials are used in cardiovascular devices.



DSM technologies support tissue and bone growth.



DSM biomaterials strengthen implants, improve mobility.


Sports Medicine

DSM resorbable polymer technology addresses needs in sports medicine.



DSM proprietary technologies meet the needs of trauma surgery.

  • Bone void fillers
  • Membrane barriers
  • Orthopedic screws
  • Orthopedic pins
  • Orthopedic plates
  • Interbody spine fusion devices
  • Trauma repair plating systems.
  • Vascular closure device