The DITF have been developing textiles and textile-based products for the medical sector for over 40 years. Research starts with the raw material and continues through all innovative steps up to the finished product. Our entire research and development – prototype, intermediate or final product – in the area of medical technology are certified according to ISO 13485.
One primary focus is the development of novel biomaterials made from polymers that can be combined with other ceramic materials, depending on their application. The raw materials are turned into absorbable or biostable implants and become carrier materials for cell population in the regenerative medicine. DITF developments in these areas support the paradigm change towards personalized medicine: Therapeutic products and processes are designed to permit personalized treatment of the patients.
Sensor- and actuator-based medical products, as well as drug release systems, are also part of the development portfolio, in addition to our classic medical textiles like dressings, hospital textiles, and compressions. Therapy-supporting systems become more flexible to follow the trend and permit personalized adjustment to individual patients or group of patients.
The DITF nurture global research and development partnerships with medical technology companies, university hospitals, and research institutes. Our interdisciplinary team consists of researchers with expertise in medical processes, process engineering, textile technology, mechanical engineering, biology, and chemistry.