ASM Medical Materials

What is it?
ASM Medical Materials combines engineering materials properties and biomedical response data with medical device application information.
What's in it?
A centralized resource of hundreds of materials, coatings, and drugs, from over 1000 providers, linked to medical devices and FDA approvals in the following specific areas:
Orthopaedic Materials:
over 11,000 FDA device approvals
Cardiovascular Materials: over 19,000 FDA device approvals
Neurological Materials: 2,500 FDA device approvals
Surgical Materials: over 8,000 FDA device approvals
Urological and ENT Devices: over 12,000 FDA device approvals.
What is it used for?
In-depth research into materials options during medical device design.
Where does it come from?
Compiled and maintained (with regular updates) by Granta Design and ASM International.
How can I access it?
Through an online subscription, or on your corporate network using the GRANTA MI materials information system. Request more information 


The Materials for Medical Devices Database speeds the development of new devicesThe ASM Medical Materials data module (containing Cardiovascular, Orthopaedic, Neurological, and Surgical Materials) is the result of a collaboration between Granta and ASM International, the world’s largest professional society for materials engineers. It is available via online subscription or for use within the GRANTA MI materials information management software.

With regular comprehensive updates, this data module is ideal for in-depth research into materials options, combining engineering materials properties and biomedical response data with application information. You can:

  • Enjoy immediate access to critical materials information, including from previously approved (i.e., 'predicate' devices)— reduce time, cost, and risk in design and certification, and get new insights in the design process
  • Screen, analyze, select and source candidate materials and coatings for device applications and associated compatible drugs—including rapid selection against user-defined criteria
  • Trace all data back to published literature, FDA device approvals information, or manufacturers' datasheets and websites—and open these directly from the database pages

The ASM Medical Materials data module is one part of Granta's solution portfolio for medical device design, which also enables you to manage and apply your proprietary data. More on Granta's range of software for medical device design 

The Materials for Medical Devices database - homepage

Medical Materials Database homepage—web browser access makes
the resource fast to browse, search, and query.

Cardiovascular Materials

The Cardiovascular Materials data provides researchers and device designers with a comprehensive and authoritative source of mechanical, physical, biological response and drug compatibility properties for the materials and coatings used in cardiovascular devices.

The data module features information on artificial hearts, balloons, bypass devices, catheters, clamps, clips, defibrillators, filters, grafts, heart valves, hemostasis devices, pacemakers, patches, stents, vascular strippers, and vascular embolization device. Information on over 19,000 FDA device approvals is linked to extensive information on over 200 materials, 40 coatings, and related drugs—including mechanical and engineering properties, biological response data, materials producers, and specific grades.

Orthopaedic Materials

The Orthopaedic Materials data contains information about all types of orthopaedic device, including fixation, hips, knees, spinal, ankle, toe, elbow, finger, shoulder, wrist, cranioplasty, maxillofacial, and ossicular, together with over 11,000 FDA device approvals. As with the Cardiovascular Module, device records are linked to information on over 200 materials, coatings, and related drugs, including their engineering properties, biological response information, material producers, and specific grades.

Viewing device data in the Orthopaedic Materials data module

Information on an orthopaedic device. This datasheet is linked to data about the
materials, processes, coatings, and drugs used with this device.

Neurological Materials

This data module covers over 2,500 neurological devices, with in-depth coverage of neurovascular devices and the associated materials (including specific grades), drugs, and coatings used in those devices. Materials coverage includes mechanical, physical, biological response, and drug compatibility properties. Each material links to devices in which it has been used. Neurological information includes records detailing nerve cuffs, dura substitutes, cranial orthoses, central nervous system shunts, cranial drills, ventricular catheters, bite blocks, intracranial pressure monitoring devices, electrodes, and nerve stimulators.

Using the ASM Medical Materials Database to explore material and device records from within a web-browser

Surgical Materials

This new resource covers materials used in surgical devices, combining engineering material properties and biomedical response data with surgical application information. The data comprises descriptions of surgical devices and the materials that they use (with specific grades, coatings, and more). Surgical device coverage includes surgical mesh, clips and staples, sutures, tissue adhesives, lase surgical instruments, wound and burn dressings, and suction pumps.

Urological and ENT Materials

The Urological and ENT materials data covers over 12,000 FDA approved Urological, and Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) devices including dialysis devices, hearing aids, prosthetic devices, endoscopes, stents, and more.

You can use the data module to:

  • Keep up with the latest developments in this rapidly changing field
  • Identify materials that optimally satisfy mechanical design requirements
  • Select candidate materials based on mechanical properties and biological response information, for example, compatibility with blood
  • Determine materials used in existing devices
  • Identify approved devices that use a specific material
  • Screen materials based on their biocompatibility
  • Select a combination of compatible material, drug and coating
  • Access and print SSED device documentation
  • Save time and money on unnecessary exploratory screening and testing
  • Export mechanical properties to FEA applications
  • Create reports that compare materials, coatings and processes per user-defined criteria.

The data module is:

Relevant—including materials properties, biocompability data, drug compatibilities and surface treatment methods for the materials, drugs and coatings used in devices. (Specifically, as listed under USFDA parts 870, 878, 882 & 888 subchapter H Chapter I, Title 21.)

Comprehensive—including datasheets and literature references for materials, drugs, coatings, devices and their manufacturers.

Authoritative—offering comprehensive reviews of the literature concerning biocompatibility of candidate materials and coatings.

Versatile—with in-depth focus on cardiovascular and orthopaedic applications, the data modules also contains a wealth of data relevant to medical devices in general.

Up to date—with on-going maintenance by the expert contributing authors team, including comprehensive quarterly updates that continually extent the scope, and ensure that all relevant FDA-approved devices are included.

What's New?

The October 2016 release includes:

  • New information on device recalls to make it easier to identify materials that may introduce risk
  • New web apps for fast, interactive searching and filtering of the database, configured for specific user groups such as design engineers or regulatory and pre-clinical personnel
  • Reviewed and updated linking between materials and devices, with 1775 new links created
  • All the latest FDA-approved medical devices.

The April 2016 release included:

  • New properties highlighting key information about the medical applications of each material
  • Enhanced searchability for materials based on application area
  • All the latest information about recent devices approvals and recalls, including materials, coatings and drugs that were used.

ASM Medical Devices Database Committee

The database was designed and developed under the guidance of the ASM Medical Materials Database Committee:

  • Christine Flick, Biomedical Engineer, Austen BioInnovation Center
  • Don Gibbons, Corporate Scientist (retired), 3M Biosciences Laboratory
  • Gautam Gupta, Research Scientist, Biomet
  • Waseem Haider, Materials Research Scientist, The University of Texas-Pan American
  • Michael Helmus, Committee Chair, Sr. Manager, Biomedical Engineering, Exponent
  • Gordon Hunter, Group Manager, Materials Quality and Strategic Manufacturing, Smith & Nephew
  • Srinidhi Nagaraja, Mechanical Engineer, USFDA
  • Matt Oberdier, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National Institutes of Health
  • Oludele Popoola, Research Lab Manager, Zimmer Inc.
  • Jason Sakamoto, Co-Chair, Department of Nanomedicine, TMHRI; COO, Alliance for NanoHealth
  • Brad Tischendorf, Principal Scientist, Medtronic, Inc.

(List correct, April 2015)