Nanocoatings in the Medical Industry

In medical facilities it is necessary to equips materials and surfaces with a high level of hygiene using antimicrobial agents to protect them against bacteria and other micro organisms to prevent infections caused by bacteria and contribute significantly to reduce health costs. Benefits of nanoscale coatings in this sector include long lasting antimicrobial effect, constant release of the active substance, effectiveness against bacteria and other micro-organisms, no chemical impurities, easy processing, no changes to the characteristics of the equipped material, and no later discolouration of the equipped material. Nanocoatings are already finding application in life sciences & healthcare in enabling anti-bacterial surfaces for medical catheters, added to paints and lacquers used to coat operating tables, door knobs and door handles in hospitals and as ultra-hard porous coatings for surgical and orthopedic implants like screws, plates or joint implants.

The medical market will be a high growth area for nanoscale coatings over the next 5-10 years, and this is reflected in the high number of companies exploiting technology in this area, especially in the anti-microbial domain. The main market driver in this area is the prevention of the spread of deadly infections in medical facilities. Drug-resistant bacteria, the so-called "superbugs," are a growing problem in hospitals worldwide and poor hygiene among staff is often blamed for the spread of such infections. They kill about 25,000 people a year in Europe and about 19,000 in the United States.

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Table Of Contents

1 Executive Summary 3

2 Report Methodology 5

3 Introduction 6
Desirable properties of nanoparticles
Production methods

4 Anti-Microbial Nanocoatings 9
Market drivers

5 Anti-Fouling & Easy To Clean Nanocoatings 12
Market drivers

6 Nanomaterials In Medical Coatings 15
Carbon nanotubes
Silicon dioxide nanoparticles
Titanium dioxide nanoparticles
Zinc oxide nanoparticles

7 Nanocoatings In The Medical Industry 19
Implants and medical devices
Application developers

8 Medical Nancoatings Companies 26-43

List of Tables

Table 1: Global market for nanocoatings 2012-2020
Table 2: Market summary for anti-microbial nanocoatings
Table 3: Anti-microbial nanocoatings - Principles, Properties, Effect, Applications and Companies
Table 4: Market summary for anti-fouling and easy to clean nanocoatings
Table 5: Anti-fouling and easy to clean nanocoatings-Principles, Properties, Effect, Applications and Companies
Table 6: Nanocoatings in the medical industry, product developers and target market revenues
Table 7: Nanocoatings market supply chain

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