A new Tofu-based biomaterial that can help mend broken bones and damaged tissues is being developed thanks to an investment of £149,000 from NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), the organization that champions UK creativity and innovation.
The idea is the brainchild of Dr Matteo Santin - a senior lecturer at the University of Brighton’s School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Studies - who has worked in the field of biomaterials since 1991.
Many existing tissue regeneration materials are derived from animal sources and have several drawbacks, including: a high cost of production, the risk of transmitting disease and the lack of intrinsic benefits to living tissue.
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