17 Results for 'Injectable'
Regenerating Tissues with Sustained Growth Factor Delivery
Millions of people worldwide suffer from traumatic injuries or health conditions that cause damage to soft tissues including nerves, muscles, and blood vessels. The body can heal some of that damage, but more serious cases like the severing of a nerve or sustained oxygen deprivation can lead to permanent loss of movement or sensation in...
Single-Cell Encapsulation for Improved Cell Therapies
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) are valued for their ability to secrete compounds that modulate the body’s immune system, making them an attractive solution for existing problems with cell therapies including host-vs-graft disease and organ transplant rejections. However, MSCs are rapidly cleared from the body and can come under fire from the immune system. Efforts to...
Injectable Alginate Hydrogels for Medical Applications
One of the biggest challenges in medicine is getting a drug to the right part of the body at the right time. Even when the target site in the body is known, like a pain-causing injury or a cancerous tumor, most drugs are given as oral pills or intravenous infusions, which limits their effectiveness. In...
Microfluidic Drug Encapsulation
Because of their large molecular sizes and properties, biologic drugs, be it in the form of monoclonal antibodies that target disease-associated molecules or active proteins and enzymes that may correct deficiencies in the human body, have proven difficult to deploy in many cases. Their therapeutic effects on target cells and tissues often require high and...
Implantable Cancer Vaccine
The Wyss Institute’s implantable, biodegradable cancer vaccine leverages immunotherapeutic methods and could one day help overcome melanoma, other cancers, infectious diseases, auto-immune diseases, as well as vaccinate against specific peptides, proteins, or antigens. The implant is a biodegradable polymer scaffold containing growth factors and components of each patient’s tumors. The technology was initially designed to...
Video/AnimationAlginate Hydrogel for AngiogenesisThis video describes how an alginate hydrogel can be used to trigger the formation of new blood vessels at an ischemic site in the body. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University.
Video/AnimationShear-Thinning Biomaterial: Catheter InjectionThis movie shows the solid state of the shear-thinning biomaterial immediately after release from the catheter into an aqueous solution (00:04). The STB is cohesive and remains as one solid piece throughout the injection process. There is no noticeable dissolution of the STB into the solution, suggesting it is stable immediately after being discharged from...
Video/AnimationTough GelA team at the Wyss Institute is honing a tough, rubbery hydrogel initially developed at Harvards School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The gel is 90 percent water, yet it stretches without breaking to more than 20 times its original length and recoils like rubber, the researchers first reported in Nature in 2012. In fact,...
Video/AnimationIntroduction to Implantable Cancer VaccineWhat if we could prevent and treat cancer with a simple vaccine? Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University