22 March 2013

Natural Polymers of Bacterial Origin and their Medical Applications

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SCI's Biotechnology Group in conjunction with the University of Westminster.

University of Westminster

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Synopsis

Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are natural polymers produced by bacteria under nutrient limiting conditions. These polymers are biodegradable and biocompatible in nature and hence can be used in a variety of applications. These include bulk applications such as packaging, coating materials, adhesives and in medical applications such as tissue engineering wound healing and drug delivery.

In the context of tissue engineering, wound healing and drug delivery. In the context of tissue engineering, due to their varied and mechanical properties and degradation rates PHAs can be used to replace a range of tissue types including one, cartilage, cardiac and skin. Similarly, in the area of drug delivery, the varied properties leads to their potential applications in both short term and long term controlled drug delivery. The talk will describe the various modes of production and purification of these bacterial polymers and their application in hard and soft tissue engineering, wound healing, and controlled drug delivery applications.


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University of Westminster

University of Westminster,

School of Life Sciences,

115 New Cavendish Street

London W1W 6UW

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