What’s a Biomaterial?

Probably each of us has one inside our own body, or maybe one of our loved ones has one…

The first biomaterials were applied in medicine in the late 1940s and 50s1. In the beginning these “materials” had to be “biocompatible”, which means they were not to trigger any inflammatory reactions.

The fate of these materials, whether hard, soft, metallic, ceramic, polymeric and so on, is to be incorporated into a thin collagen capsule within 2-3 weeks.

They don’t actually integrate, but they’re isolated within our bodies. Many strategies have been studied in recent years to improve their integration, using nano/micro structured, porous surfaces  with surface treatments1 … but a definitive solution has yet to be found.

If you work in the field of biomaterials, Indivenire can help you to study and improve your biomaterial!

[1] Buddy D. Ratner, Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering, 2019, 21, 171-191