Chitosan is our expertise. We know the properties of this exceptional biomaterial and we develop products and procedures tailored to the individual needs of our patients and business partners.
Chitosan is made from chitin, which can be found in nature in the exoskeleton of arthropods such as crabs and shrimps, and in the cell membranes of fungi, yeasts and other microorganisms. The quantity of chitin in the oceans alone amounts to approximately 100 billion tons per year, making it the most widespread natural substance on Earth next to cellulose.
Chitosan is obtained from chitin under controlled conditions and is free of proteins and inorganic components in accordance with the highest purity requirements. The structural components of chitosan, glucosamine and N-acetylglucosamine, are cleaved off during the biodegradation process. Both these sugar components exist in the human body and are biocompatible. The physico-mechanical features of chitosan are specifically adjusted by Medovent to match the required properties of a medical device.
Some of the main characteristics of chitosan include: