10 Years and 32 Products Later, Dendritech Growth Continues


A venture that began 10 years ago with technology that seemed little more than a research curiosity has since blossomed into an integrated research, manufacturing and marketing company that sells PAMAM (polyamidoamine) dendritic polymers worldwide.

The computer generated model of a PAMAM (polyamidoamine) dendrimer. Dendritech, Inc.,
Midland, Mich. has sold hundreds of pounds of dendrimers to customers throughout the world.

Today, as Dendritech, Inc. celebrates its 10th anniversary, it continues to aggressively market a roster of 32 products to researchers at major universities and industries as diverse as specialty coatings, adhesives, circuit boards, personal care and pharmaceuticals. Its distributor is Sigma-Aldrich Fine Chemicals. Several more product introductions are planned for late 2002 and early 2003.

Dendrimers in commercial use today are typically used in the diagnostics and specialty coatings industries. Because many of Dendritech’s sales are at sample scale, it is likely many other applications are being explored by itscustomers.

A PAMAM (polyamidoamine) dendrimer in process at Dendritech, Inc., Midland, Mich.

The company is headquartered on a 10-acre wooded site in Midland, Mich. It’s 5,000-square-foot is the only commercial manufacturing plant in the world designed to produce dendrimers. Dendritech president Emery Scheibert said interest in PAMAM and other dendrimers is spreading on a global scale.

"In the last few years we have sold hundreds of pounds per year of dendrimers to our commercial customers," Scheibert said. "This is in addition to more than 1,000 paid samples to researchers throughout major industry groups and universities in the last 12 months alone. Many have been to Asia, Europe, India and, or course, the United States. This many samples in such a short period of time demonstrates a great deal of interest in the commercial appeal of this technology."