Dr. David Farrar. Innovations in bioresorbable polymers for orthopaedic fixation and repair.
Date: 21 May 2014 Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Bioresorbable polymers have a wide, and increasing, range of applications within orthopaedic medical devices. These range from suture anchors and screws, through fracture fixation plates to scaffolds for repair of bone and cartilage. These materials offer several advantages over traditional metallic biomaterials and non-resorbable polymers. Chief among these is the ability of the material to break down over time and to be eliminated from the body while being replaced by host tissue.
This talk will explore some of the opportunities for innovation in bioresorbable polymers covering topics such as improving biocompatibility through the development of novel biocomposites, imparting high strength though molecular orientation, development of shape-memory functionality and modelling of the degradation process.