For more than 60 years since its first use in the medical device sector, silicone continues to be used in new applications and remains a cornerstone of innovation in healthcare.
Reports estimate the size of the global market for medical-grade silicone to be $1.6bn in 2022, following years of growth fuelled by its use in implants, drug delivery devices, prosthetics, dental tools, and parenteral packaging, to name but a few applications.
Even now, applications for silicone continue to broaden. Transdermal drug delivery systems (TDDS), for example, have become commonplace due to further research into silicone-based pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs) as a key part of a dermal patch.
As the healthcare market pushes further towards wearable devices, silicone will be a key pillar of innovation, though it is also having a major impact in other areas, notably diagnostics, minimally invasive surgery, and patient-customized medical devices enabled by advancements in 3D printing technology.
In this eBook, we examine several trends on how silicone will be a key component of innovation in these market segments, and how it continues to open new avenues to improve patient care.