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Testing & Characterisation

Testing & Characterisation for the Healthcare Sector

With our testing services for the healthcare sector, we extend beyond the standard testing protocols and push the boundaries of what's possible.

From mapping the chemical profiles on material surfaces and efficacy testing for microbes, to wear testing of orthopaedic implants, our materials expertise is helping some of the industry's most innovative companies to optimise products, develop new materials, and overcome issues.


Medical Devices

We provide accurate and reliable data with in-depth interpretation for all your materials and devices.

We test and characterise a full range of properties and analyse the chemical makeup of your materials and products, the distribution of actives, the composition of staining or contamination, and more. We also test for physical and mechanical properties and have the expertise to understand how all of the key properties and structures of your materials and products contribute to their overall performance.

Our world-leading surface science team measures quantitative and qualitative surface properties on a wide range of materials. Material surfaces provide important performance characteristics and often functional properties too. Characterising the surface of materials is important to understanding performance and how a product interacts with its environment.

Surface science analysis is also a powerful tool in analysing how active ingredients are deposited, investigating wear patterns and helping to substantiate product performance claims.

White Papers

Quality by Design for the Pharmaceutical Industry

The concept of Quality by Design (QbD) is not a new idea but it is only in recent years that it has been considered for all aspects of the development process for pharmaceutical products

Wear Testing
Extremity Wear Testing - Total Ankle and Shoulder Replacement Testing

Wear simulation for implantable knee, hip and intervertebral spinal disc prostheses have all been well documented and standardised tests methods have been created to assess the performance of these medical device implants

Inorganic Powders in Dentistry

In this white paper we discuss what role inorganics can play in restoring and maintaining tooth functionality and the advantages that inorganics can provide in this area for developing technologies

The Use of Imaging for Claim Support in the Personal Care and Healthcare Industry

Advances in high resolution imaging of both topographical features and chemical species’ distribution have been applied increasingly in the characterisation of commercially important surfaces

Abuse Deterrence for the Pharmaceutical Market

This white paper explores the market drivers for abuse deterrence and identifies possible solutions

The Advantages of Including Adverse Event Wear Testing in the Design of Orthopaedic Implants

In this white paper we look at why the testing of implants is so important. Traditional test methods and their limitations are detailed and adverse event testing is discussed

Case Studies

Dental Implant
Method Development Helps Nobel Biocare in Medical Device Optimisation

Characterisation of the surface chemical composition of medical implants

Lucideon & GSK Consumer Healthcare Compare the Effects of Different Toothpastes on Teeth

A high-resolution surface topography method was utilised to measure dentine tissue loss and surface roughness

Lucideon Helps Greatbatch Medical to Gain FDA Acceptance

Lucideon has worked with Greatbatch Medical to help them gain FDA approval

Sun Cream
Croda & Lucideon Further Optimise Coating Coverage and Application

Lucideon testing helps to optimize the coating process of powders

Knee Joint
Raw Material Validation for TiGenix Ltd

Testing and analysis provided by Lucideon