Nanocomposite HA-Clay Based Hydrogels
A hyaluronic acid-clay based hydrogel, with applications for cell culture scaffolds in tissue engineering. Background: An approach to tissue engineering includes mimicking the environment of tissue development _in vivo_; this includes the two components of a scaffold and a bioreactor. A scaffold is inserted into a bioreactor, which provides conditions that are similar to _in vivo_ conditions. Scaffolds need to meet specific requirements in order to facilitate cell seeding and diffusion; such requirements include high porosity, adequate pore size, biodegradability, and injectability. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring polymer found in every tissue of the body, and is a popular option for cell culture scaffolds; however, before the present invention, the HA had to be crosslinked with chemicals for proper mechanical properties. Often, these chemicals are expensive and toxic. Technology Overview: This technology is an inexpensive, non toxic, and biochemically functional HA-hydrogel with improved mechanical stability. The hydrogel is comprised of hyaluronic acid, a nanoclay, and gelatin-type A. The HA is dissolved in a cell culture medium to form a HA solution containing amino acids, salts, glucose, vitamins and an antibiotic. Since this HA hydrogel is clay based, unlike currently available HA hydrogels, it's non-toxic and does not require fibronectin. The gelatin coating promotes cell adhesion and proliferation for well over two weeks. Advantages: -Biodegradable
-Can support cell adhesion
-Do not require fibronectin in order to attach cells
-HA-hydrogel has biochemical functionality and improved mechanical stability Applications: -Tissue engineering
-Cell culture scaffolds
-Clinical applications Intellectual Property Summary: Patented Stage of Development: (https://patents.google.com/patent/US8367117) Licensing Potential: Development partner,Commercial partner,Licensing Licensing Status: Available for licensing. R-8245 Additional Information: nanocomposite,hyaluronic acid,tissue engineering,cell culture,biodegradable,cell adhesion,biochemical,cell seeding,biodegradability,nanoclay,gelatin,culture medium,glucose,proliferation,hydrogel,polymer,hydrogel scaffold,polymer nanocomposite,nanocomposite material,hyaluronic acid polymer,biocompatible hydrogel,hydrogel synthesis,tissue-hydrogel complex,hydrogel complex,hydrogel formation,cell culture material,tissue culture,human cell culture,tissue scaffolding,tissue scaffold,biomaterial scaffold,tissue engineering scaffold https://stonybrook.technologypublisher.com/files/sites/wg6wczfgqs61b2cvjyir_r-8245-956081110_71ee39cf1b_o-flickr-raphaelstrada-cc-by-2.0.jpg Image is purely illustrative. Source: Flickr/raphaelstrada, https://www.flickr.com/photos/raphaelstrada/956081110, CC BY 2.0.