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Injectable hydrogels for biomedical applications

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Injectable hydrogels for sustained release of agents in vaccines or cancer immunotherapy.

About the Technology

Hydrogels are an important class of biomaterial that have received much attention for controlled drug-delivery applications on account of their similarity to soft biological tissue and highly variable mechanical properties. We have developed shear-thinning injectable hydrogels where the delivery of therapeutics can be precisely controlled, enabling months-long release of entrapped cargo. These materials are readily processed and synthesized in a facile, inexpensive, and scalable manner, which are distinguishing features for many important biomedical applications.

Team Members

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Prof. Eric Appel
Materials Science and Engineering
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