Leading the Way in Advanced Wound Care Development

NIRI is committed to innovating next-generation advanced wound care products through our material science and process engineering expertise. Our services encompass the entire product development lifecycle, from ideation and prototyping to market-ready solutions. By leveraging our extensive knowledge in fibres, nonwovens, and advanced materials, we can develop wound care products that will help you gain market share and become more competitive in the tendering process.

Understanding the Wound Care Market

As of 2023, the global wound care market was estimated to be worth 21.5 billion USD, with expectations to reach 28.6 billion USD by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 5.9% [1].

Key Drivers of Market Growth

Increasing Number of Surgical Procedures

There has been an upsurge in elective surgeries following the shortfall carried out during the COVID pandemic. In addition, we have seen an increase in medical conditions requiring surgery that require the use of advanced wound dressings and bandages.

Growing Prevalence of Diabetes

The rise in diabetes can result in complications and infections due to weakened immune systems, poor circulation and other underlying factors [6].

Rise in Chronic Wound Prevalence

An increased global prevalence of disease and health conditions such as obesity, vascular disease and diabetes presents a higher risk of developing chronic wounds with delayed wound healing [6,7].

Aging Population

The breakdown of collagen, proteoglycans, and elastin in the skin increases in the elderly population with thinning skin and reduced skin repair mechanisms. This can cause effects such as increased wound and injury prevalence and an increasing rate of chronic wounds requiring careful management [8].

Healthcare Accessibility

Innovations in wound care products are aimed at promoting wound healing, creating an optimal moisture balance, negating odour, improving antimicrobial properties and improving patient comfort.

Technological Advancements in Wound Care Products

Innovations in wound care products are aimed at promoting wound healing, creating an optimal moisture balance, negating odour, improving antimicrobial properties, and improving patient comfort.

Demand for Wound Care Products due to Conflict

An increase in conflicts around the world means frontline soldiers and civilians are subject to injury, burns and wounds. This leads to an increased risk of bacterial and fungal infections and trauma surgery requiring advanced wound management [9,10].

Dr. Ross Ward, NIRI CCO

Next Generation Wound Care Product Development

NIRI is a global leader in developing advanced materials, fibres, fabrics and products and has significant experience developing products within the wound care and medical device markets. With an advanced insight into the sector and application, NIRI has defined key areas for development and improvement:

Improved Comfort and Conformability

NIRI can support the development of flexible wound dressings that conform to the patient’s body and allow normal movement. Patient comfort can also be improved by developing wound care solutions with controlled adhesion and low pain during application and removal.


Moisture and Fluid Control

NIRI can help design products for careful fluid control and breathability. Specific wound types require the balance of a moist wound environment to promote healing, removal of wound exudate, and allowing breathability whilst maintaining a physical barrier from external contamination [11]. For example, commonly used fibres and materials to promote a moist environment include highly absorbent alginate fibres, water-containing hydrogels, hydrocolloids and biologics [12,13].


Infection Prevention

NIRI can help develop products incorporating antimicrobial properties to protect against infection [12].


Odour Management

Wound healing and exudate secretion can produce malodours, which can be resolved with NIRI’s help and the introduction of odour-absorbing technologies within wound dressings.

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Combining Functionalities

NIRI can design combination wound dressings that promote wound healing, protect against infection, and interact with the wound to provide an ideal environment for recovery.


Drug Delivery

Wound dressings incorporating the controlled release and delivery of active ingredients such as growth factors, antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs to a wound can support healing and manage symptoms [11].


Utilising Smart Textiles

NIRI can help develop your smart wound care products by incorporating sensors that may detect, monitor, and track changes in wounds and react to changes such as wound temperature, exudate secretion, or pH [15,16]. One example is using environment-responsive polymers that can respond to wound changes by changing colour or swelling [15].


Accelerated Healing

NIRI can help design advanced wound care products to control fluid and accelerate and encourage wound healing. Negative pressure wound therapy, for example, uses a vacuum pump to draw out wound exudate and infection and promote healing [17,18]. Another example is a bioelectric dressing, which uses materials that generate electrical currents to stimulate cell growth, inhibit bacterial growth, and improve wound healing [17,19].


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