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Biomaterials and regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine has meant an important change in the way of approaching medical interventions since it is not only capable of healing an ailment but can also return the affected area to conditions prior to the damage.

The multidisciplinary work of doctors, scientists, biomedical engineers and biologists is making it possible to understand the complex interactions between cells, scaffolds, signaling mechanisms or bioactive factors to develop therapies for bone fracture, the treatment of cancer or the regeneration of a damaged nerve or tendon.

Biomaterials are capable of partially or totally replacing a tissue, organ or function of the body since they are designed with the aim of supporting and guiding certain cells in the healing processes of damaged tissues.

New biomaterials are constantly appearing in the field of regenerative medicine. However, not all have the same uses. Thus, the TriAnkle project uses collagen and gelatin to manufacture personalized scaffolds with 3D technology with the aim of curing osteoarticular ailments.

With regard to the possible uses of a biomaterial, an article published on the Barça Innovation Hub website highlights the need to assess the biocompatibility of the materials used, as well as the interaction of bioinks with the sterilization technique used, among other factors, to ensure the success of the use of a biomaterial in a regenerative medicine treatment.

If you want to read the full article, please, visit Barça Innovation Hub website.

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