Evonik’s Medical House turned to a competence center

In the Medical Device Competence Center in Birmingham (Alabama, USA), Evonik is developing advanced materials for medical devices. The photo shows an employee filling an extruder with polymer granulate.

Specialty polymers such as Evonik’s RESOMER® and VESTAKEEP® already play an important role as implant materials. To serve this attractive growth market even more effectively, Evonik has built up extensive competencies in the area of orthopedic surgery in its Medical Devices Project House – in the United States. The project house in Birmingham (Alabama) will be turned into a permanent competence center as of April 1, 2018.

The project house utilizes advanced processing technologies such as 3D printing and electrospinning to rapidly evaluate material properties and create prototypes.

Evonik will integrate the activities of the project house, which was so far part of its strategic innovation unit Creavis, into a competence center operated by its Health Care Business Line.

The technical equipment allows for manufacturing and testing prototypes made from new materials.

The High Performance Polymers Business Line will be the second key sponsor of the competence center in the Evonik Group. Its biocompatible VESTAKEEP® polyether ether ketone is used for spine, mouth, jaw or skull implants that are designed to remain in the body and replace metal implants.