Follow us while we explore the possibilities biotechnology can bring to our lives and the innovators making an impact in the industry in a series of 5 blogs.
Did you ever put on some contact lenses? Or maybe dental implants? Do you know anyone that has a pacemaker? Or an artificial joint? Then you are familiar with biomaterials. It is the study of how artificial materials are created for medical application in the human body.
Biomaterials can be natural or synthetic and are used to support, enhance, or replace damaged tissue or a biological function. The modern field of biomaterials combines medicine, biology, physics, and chemistry.
It is a field that is developing quickly, and the possibilities are endless. For now, biomaterials allow us, for instance, to detect the presence and amount of specific substances in the body using biosensors. Or carry and apply drugs to a specific disease target, with drug-delivery systems. We can also regenerate human tissue or promote its healing.
To understand a bit more where biomaterials can lead us, let’s that a look at some promising innovators working on the field. Stentit has developed the first stent with regenerative capacity. A stent is a metal or plastic tube inserted into a vessel to keep the passage open. But Stentit does more than just keep the passage open, it actually regenerates the vessel.
Artificial Nature also works with biomaterials, in this case by using natural primary materials and sustainable with the environment, such as algae or residual organic materials, enhancing circular economy.
If you are working with biomaterials, or know a startup or innovator working with this, then be sure to let them know about this opportunity to be part of a validation lab.
YES!Delft, Biotech Campus Delft, and its main stakeholder Royal DSM, are looking for innovative startups, solutions or ideas within the biotechnology sector that are working on creating the future of a circular bio-based economy. They are offering a validation lab for biotechnology startups, especially those working with enzymes and cells.