Biopolymers in Biomedical Applications

Biodegradable polymers have many uses in the biomedical field, that to in the fields of tissue engineering and drug delivery. In order for us to use biodegradable polymer as a therapeutic, it should undergo certain criteria: it should be non-toxic so that it could eliminate foreign body response; The time it takes for the polymer to degrade is proportional to the time required for therapy; The products resulting from biodegradation are not cytotoxic and are readily eliminated from the body; The material must be easily processed in order to tailor the mechanical properties for the required task;  It should be easily sterilized; and it should have acceptable shelf life.

Biodegradable polymers have great interest in the field of drug delivery and Nano medicine. The great benefit of a biodegradable drug delivery system is the ability of the drug carrier to target the release of its payload to a specific site in the body and then degrade into nontoxic materials that are then eliminated from the body via natural metabolic pathways. The polymer slowly degrades into smaller fragments, releasing a natural product, and there is controlled ability to release a drug. The drug slowly releases as polymer degrades. For example, polylactic acid, poly acid, and poly all of which are biodegradable, have been used to carry anti-cancer drugs. Encapsulating the therapeutic in a polymer and adding targeting agents decreases the toxicity of the drug to healthy cells

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