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What are biomaterials?

Biomaterials can be defined as inorganic or organic materials that are biocompatible and can be implanted in the human body to replace or repair failing tissue. The concept extends to the materials used in drug-delivery systems, biosensors or devices operating outside the body but in communication with it - for example, the haemodialyser for patients with kidney failure.

In recent years, progress in many different fields has paved the way to creating innovative biomaterials to improve existing treatments and develop new ones for a higher quality of life for European citizens. Both public health and the European economy stand to gain. This explains why research programmes sponsored by the European Commission (EC) include biomaterials research.

Areas covered also include: vascular graft materials; dental and ocular materials; cartilage, joint, tendon, ligament and soft tissue replacements; modulation of hair follicle growth; biomaterials with improved resistance to infection; and bio-active coatings for biomaterials and drug-delivery systems.

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