Biomaterials

The modern medicine can no longer be imagined without biomaterials. Biomaterials are synthetic or natural, non-living materials which are determined for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes for short- or long-term retention in a body, or which come into contact with it on its surfaces. In any case there are interactions between material and biological system.

Biofunctional and not harmful to humans

Biomaterials often serve the temporary or permanent substitution of organs, organ parts or body structures. They are characterized by substance, in particular chemical and physical, properties, which show both functional similarity to structures produced naturally in the body, and an adequate biological compatibility. Biomaterials should show these properties for the complete retention time in or on the body, however at least a sufficiently long period of time until a possible substitute is found.
In this connection, the structural protein collagen provides the best preconditions. And this is what we are familiar with. For many years research has been made at our institute for collagen to be used as medical product: wound dressings, suture material, growth scaffolds, vascular system, soft tissue implants, to name only a few.
Synthetic materials are coated with the biopolymer collagen to increase their biocompatibility. Such hybrid materials promise an improved compatibility for humans. The development of cell colonisation concepts and the proof of bioactivity are also research topics at our institute.

In this section the following tests are frequently searched:

Hazardous Substances

Total Fat Content

Moisture Content

 


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