Today, bioresorbable implants from the Biomedical team at DSM are being used worldwide – not least to deliver drugs inside the human body (for example through heart stents) – lessening the risk of pain and the long recovery times associated with traditional invasive surgery.
Now this next generation of biomedical material solutions is being used to deliver drugs inside the human body. The concept is simple: A material implant slowly delivers medication to a specific organ until all the medicine is gone…and then the body simply and safety absorbs it - with no need for surgery or medical procedures.
Fabulous news for people with heart problems. But what if you’re one of the millions of people suffering from a chronic eye disease like glaucoma?
This is the next big un-met societal need now being tackled by DSM via Jens Thies and his team. If successful, their polymeric implant could eventually eliminate the need for the daily application of eye drops for millions of glaucoma sufferers in Europe alone. But to eliminate that particular headache for patients, the team at DSM had to deal with a few of their own first.