LACTEL® Absorbable Polymers for Tissue Engineering Applications

The repair or replacement of tissue is an intersection of engineering and life science that is on the cutting edge of medical research. We understand that materials intended to combine with cell and engineering methods have very specific requirements. We have materials ideal for this application:

  • Produced under tightly controlled, highly reproducible conditions
  • Well characterized for human use
  • Suitable for nanofibers
  • Wide range of resorption rates

Whether you will be electrospinning materials for tissue scaffolds or creating tissue membranes, our polymers from glycolide, lactide, and ε-caprolactone are up to the task. To facilitate early stage projects, these materials are available in quantities as small as ten grams in our high quality sample kits. We also offer bulk, commercial supply with the same high quality material. Our LACTEL Absorbable Polymers have been defining polymer quality for decades, and our materials comply with the IPEC-PQG Excipient Guidelines.

Here is what researchers are saying about our materials:

“SWNTs in combination with biodegradable polymers could open new perspectives in tissue engineering.” p. 542; “In light of these data PLLA/SWNTs-COOH shows good biocompatibility and may be a promising biomaterial candidate in promoting bone regeneration.” p. 554. Armentano I, et al. Novel Poly (L-lactide) PLLA/SWNTs Nanocomposites for Biomedical Applications: Material Characterization and Biocompatibility Evaluation. Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition, 22 2011

“The slow degradation rate of biopolymers, such as PLLA, maintains the mechanical strength of the grafts long enough and allows gradual replacement of synthetic scaffolds by native matrix with time.” p. 1627. Hashi CK, et al. Antithrombogenic Modification of Small-Diameter Microfibrous Vascular Grafts. Arteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology 2010; 30(8):1621-1627.

“bioprinting has the capability to become a rapid and accurate process of generating NGF concentration gradient patterns for controlling neuron growth.” p. 441. Khan MS, et al. Biosurface engineering through ink jet printing. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 2010; 75(2):441-447.

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Technical Data

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Data describing characteristics of lactide, glycolide and ε-caprolactone polymers to assist you in selecting the optimal polymer for your program.