Enhancing Functional Performance of Implantable Devices
With over 30 years of experience supplying high-performance polymers to the healthcare industry, Solvay has become a leading provider of biomaterials for implantable medical devices. Solvay formulates Solviva® Biomaterials, a family of specialty polymers, to meet the industry demand for metal alternatives that provide optimal performance and meet the requirements for prolonged or permanent exposure to bodily fluids and tissue in the human body. This exceptional portfolio provides safe and reliable materials for a number of implant fields including orthopedics, cardiovascular, spine, sports medicine, extremities, trauma, and more.
Top Solutions for Implantable Devices
- Eviva® PSU - is a transparent polymer that offers toughness and strong biocompatibility. This sulfone polymer maintains its dimensional tolerance right out of the mold and requires no machining. It is a rigid thermoplastic that doesn’t absorb fluids and is artifact-free for effective MRI imaging. It is also available in opaque white.
- Veriva® PPSU - delivers unsurpassed toughness and excellent biocompatibility with excellent options for transparency.
- Zeniva® PEEK - meets the requirements of ASTM F2026-07 as a polyetheretherketone (PEEK) polymer for surgical implant applications. PEEK boasts a modulus of elasticity that is similar to that of cortical bone, minimizing reduction in bone density by maintaining normal stress on surrounding bone tissue. It offers excellent biocompatibility and fatigue resistance. Zeniva® PEEK also eliminates the risk of allergic reactions to heavy metals, and its radiolucent properties will not interfere with X-ray and computed tomography scanning procedures.
Discover Materials with Reliable Performance in Implantable Device Applications
All Solviva® Biomaterials can be sterilized using conventional methods, such as gamma radiation, ethylene oxide and steam. They demonstrate no evidence of cytotoxicity, sensitization, intracutaneous reactivity or acute systemic toxicity, based on biocompatibility testing as defined by ISO 10993:1. These sterilizable products are available in grades for injection molding or extrusion, as well as stock shapes for machined components through channel partners.