Thursday, 26 May 2016

Unique Hydrogel Formulations Nurture Innovations

From nanoplatforms, three dimensional bio printing of human tissues to being a cyborg and more hydrogel market is seen embracing innovation. 

Over the past few years, combined attributes of hydrogels and steep rise in prototyping technologies has opened new routes for the development of tissue engineering scaffolds. Research analysts at Allied Market Research assessing the hydrogel marketed products size reveal that it represents an interesting material that can be used in the regeneration of both soft and hard tissues. Application of this material has proved beneficial in encapsulating the cells thereby increasing seeding capabilities of the fabricated structures. On the other hand, prototyping techniques have become highly important for producing scaffolds especially for seeding. By applying rapid prototyping designers can develop an interconnected 3D structure coupled with a pre-determined porosity. Here is a peek into latest hydrogels uses through innovative hydrogel tissue engineering.

Life Science Companies Innovate Hydrogel to Treat Inflammation 

Life science development firms working on hydrogel drug delivery techniques are seen announcing new startups to focus on treating acute inflammation. In a recent incident PureTech founder Robert Langer announced a new startup firm dubbed Alivio Therapeutics. Official sources reveal that company would be concentrating on applying hydrogel to treat cases involving acute and chronic inflammation. PureTech has established BioPharma to concentrate on CAR-T therapy. This type of cell therapy has presented positive results when it comes to treating blood cancer. Alivio is confident that the new design not only sticks to the inflamed tissue but successfully delivers drugs based on the inflammation level. 

Augmenting Human Body with Electronics Is No Fiction 
Human body is definitely a wonder, but not perfect. Defects such as ligament tear, fracture and illness often strikes with or without a warning. This has persuaded many companies to consider augmenting human body with electronics to solve defects. Earlier such equipment presented problems of their own. But recently a group of scientists at the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered a solution that promises hope. They’ve innovated a new kind of hydrogel that not only looks but also feels like tendons and muscles. These tiny electronics can easily monitor human insides, offer electrical stimulus and deliver medicine. Hydrogel is preferred for its flexibility and it can both twist and bend without tearing. Moreover, human body is built from such materials, so there’s less chance the body would reject this material. This has opened new avenues for the market. 

Hydrogel Nanoplatform Found Beneficial in Shrinking Tumors 

Functional nanoparticles have emerged as an important route of drug delivery especially for chemotherapeutics. But, receiving such nanoparticles to treat tumor has been difficult so far. Thus, some researchers are focusing on building hydrogels created of filamentous bacteriophage as well as gold nanoparticles. 

Team of experts from different universities located in the United States, Japan and Germany have created a hydrogel platform that would identify as well as shrink tumors. Besides this, it facilitates non – invasive imaging and deliver chemotherapeutic medicine. In addition, they presented that the platform is generalized to various targets as well as chemotherapeutics. 

Like Humans Robots Will Have Hydrogel Body 
Team of experts at MIT have outlined an advanced technique to build synthetic hydrogels. These polymer networks are infiltrated with water, which sticks easy to any surface; whether glass, silicon, metal, or human skin (as hydrogel dressing). Researcher also believe that hydrogel materials can be used to make soft robots. The material makes joints highly flexible like tendons in human body. 

Known for publishing reports on technology advancements, Allied Market Research has recently unveiled a report titled “World Hydrogel Market - Opportunities and Forecasts, 2015 – 2022”. As per the report the sector will register a CAGR of 6.3 percent by 2022. Researchers are confident that industry will garner about $ 27.2 billion by the same year. Stakeholders, product developers and entrepreneurs looking for extensive study of the market size, share, demands, opportunities, restraints, adoption rate would find the research relevant and valuable.