Exploring new territories

16-11-20 Plastic new applications

The media likes to create a buzz about the digital revolution and the developments in connected medicine that it fosters. While the resulting applications contribute greatly to patient comfort, they are not always as revolutionary as one might think. Although less flashy than others, another revolution is brewing in university and pharmaceutical industry laboratories. The aim is to achieve greater individualisation of care by adapting treatments to the specific needs of each patient.

Here's an example:

Nerves of plastic

In certain countries, modern medicine has made it possible to significantly extend life expectancy. Today, although we are more or less successfully able to prolong our bodies’ vital functions, tissue engineering, and in particular the engineering of ligaments and tendons, is the area of research where the challenges are among the greatest.
The first polymer tendon prostheses appeared in the 1980s. They were very effective, but over time they proved to be lacking resistance to wear and tear, meaning that patients would eventually require another operation. Today, medical research is closely following that conducted by polymer manufacturers. For example, there is interest in poloxamers, copolymers of the poly(ethylene oxide-b-propylene oxide-b-ethylene oxide) type which, braided with PLA, could make it possible to design perfectly elastic and theoretically wear-proof artificial tendons.


Other applications in medicine such as nanotech (nano robots included) with aim of delivering the right amount of a medicine treatment, to inner organs or cells, polymers as blood cells (synthethic blood) and so on.


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