Medical Grade Silicone and Thermoplastic Materials Selection

Choosing the right medical grade silicone or thermoplastic material is critical to your product’s success. The properties of the polymer you specify help ensure optimal clinical outcome and success of your medical device.

Selecting materials

Lubrizol Life Science Health helps achieve that success. Our engineers are experts in matching the wide variety of medical grade silicones and thermoplastics to your specific application. Quality and manufacturability are our top priorities. We maintain strong relationships with the top medical grade silicone and thermoplastic manufacturers and can provide the ideal material for every project. With LLS Health's comprehensive polymer expertise and sourcing capabilities, you’ll move quickly along the path toward achieving your product development goals.

  • Smooth the transition into manufacturing
  • Improve the speed and flow of production
  • Minimize product variation
  • Make assembly faster and easier

Thermoplastic Polyurethane Material Solutions

Lubrizol Life Science (LLS) Health is a technology leader in development and manufacturing of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) polymers for the medical device industry. LLS TPUs are formulated for superior biocompatibility, tunable physical properties, and processing versatility.

Ideal for use in cardiac, vascular, orthopedic, wound care, urology and many other short and long term applications, our comprehensive portfolio of medical grade TPUs include:

In addition to our extensive TPU portfolio of products, LLS Health also offers polymer formulation customization to meet your unique performance needs. Our polymer experts and manufacturing engineers work hand in hand to address your most challenging medical device requirements.

Design for Speed

Accelerating your time to market can be the difference between project success and failure. LLS Health’s concurrent engineering methodology allows you to consider your medical device design and the production process simultaneously. Our tooling design and manufacturing capabilities and our expertly staffed, state-of-the-art CAD services are on-site and fully integrated. And our project managers are continually facilitating advancement at every stage of production. For example, our Livermore, Calif., facility is specially equipped to deliver quick-turn multilumen thermoplastic extrusions to speed your development program.

Design for Compliance

Quality means a lot of things; in medical device manufacturing, it always means strict regulatory compliance. We will work with you to flag and refine any issues that may ultimately affect the safety, ease of use and performance of your medical device. But most critically, you can leverage our vast experience and expertise navigating compliance requirements to prevent anything — from minor technicalities to major issues — from keeping your device from the market that needs it.

Dexamethasone-Loaded Polymers for Implantable Systems

LLS Health is addressing the growing need for implantable materials with our dexamethasone-loaded polymer offering. By combining trusted, biocompatible polymers (silicone, TPU, EVA, PLGA, and others) with a safe, effective anti-inflammatory agent (dexamethasone), we can supply ready-made material that is ideal for prototyping and product development efforts. As dexamethasone elutes from the polymer, it minimizes inflammation and limits the effect of the foreign body response on product performance. Dexamethasone-loaded polymers simplify the product development process, helping you commercialize your implantable system faster.