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Full of potential: medical coating

Thursday, 28 April 2016 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal

Mere coincidence, or is there more behind it? Three interesting research news related to medical technology have caught my eye only recently, and I’m asking myself: is there a significant increase in R&D for medical coatings?

Researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, have developed an innovative anti-biofilm coating, which has significant anti-adhesive potential for a variety of medical and industrial applications. Anti-adhesive patches from naturally occurring biomaterials can prevent destructive bacterial biofilm from forming on metal surfaces when they are immersed in water and other damp environments.

A team of scientists from the Irish institute IT Sligo have discovered an antimicrobial agent that could control the spread of deadly antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Their findings will allow everyday items to be protected against deadly bacteria, including MRSA and E. coli, they say.

And: researchers from the University of Reading, Malaysia, have discovered a new material, which can repair itself at body temperature. The polymer could open the door to new self-healing wound dressings for use in medicine.

You can get more details on these projects in the news section of www.european-coatings.com.

But what is your opinion – is my impression wrong, or is research and development regarding caotings for medical application on the upswing? Which promising projects in this area have you heard of? Don’t hesitate to share them with me!

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