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Bayer uses PC film Makrofol? for it's new Innosec Fusion? technology to stop counterfeiting

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A review on polymer/bioactive glass nanocomposites provides current trends in polymer research

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Bioactive glasses or Bioglass materials were first developed by Prof. Larry Hench’s group at the University of Florida in the late 1960s.   Due to its biocompatibility, surface reactive glass-ceramic biomaterials are called “Bioactive glasses”.  Many variations have been developed since.  These glasses have shown excellent biocompatibility in the bone regeneration field.  This is because of their ability to form a bi-active layer at the interface in contact with living tissues.  Silica based bio-glasses are an integral part of such bioactive materials, and have been used in many orthopaedic and dental applications.  The recent development of nano-scale bioactive glasses which enhances osteoconductivity i.e., a scaffold’s ability to support cell attachment to deposition to bone formation has opened up a promising new research area.

Are you a biomedical researcherHow polymers can play a critical role in your research work?  Read on ….

One could use bioactive glass nanofibers as fillers for bone or embedding them into biodegradable polymers such as PLA, PHB, poly caprolactone, starch, chitin or collagen as polymer nanocomposites.  Essentially, polymer based bioactive glass nanocomposites broadens the application potential of bioactive glasses to orthopaedic applications including tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.  Recent developments have been reviewed by a group of European scientists.

[Ref: A. Boccaccini et al, Comp. Sci. and Technol., doi: 10.1016/j.compscitech.2010.06.002]