John Garner

PolySciTech PLGA used as part of development of bio-adhesive

Blog Post created by John Garner on Feb 5, 2016

PolySciTech division of Akina, Inc. ( provides a wide array of biodegradable block copolymers and polyesters. Recently, researchers used PLGA from PolySciTech as a control article as part of the development of an mussel-inspired bioadhesive. Read more: Guo, J., Wang, W., Hu, J., Xie, D., Gerhard, E., Nisic, M., Shan, D., Qian, G., Zheng, S. and Yang, J., 2016. Synthesis and characterization of anti-bacterial and anti-fungal citrate-based mussel-inspired bioadhesives. Biomaterials.


  “Abstract: Bacterial and fungal infections in the use of surgical devices and medical implants remain a major concern. Traditional bioadhesives fail to incorporate anti-microbial properties, necessitating additional anti-microbial drug injection. Herein, by the introduction of the clinically used and inexpensive anti-fungal agent, 10-undecylenic acid (UA), into our recently developed injectable citrate-based mussel-inspired bioadhesives (iCMBAs), a new family of anti-bacterial and anti-fungal iCMBAs (AbAf iCs) was developed. AbAf iCs not only showed strong wet tissue adhesion strength, but also exhibited excellent in vitro cyto-compatibility, fast degradation, and strong initial and considerable long-term anti-bacterial and anti-fungal ability. For the first time, the biocompatibility and anti-microbial ability of sodium metaperiodate (PI), an oxidant used as a cross-linking initiator in the AbAf iCs system, was also thoroughly investigated. Our results suggest that the PI-based bioadhesives showed better anti-microbial properties compared to the unstable silver-based bioadhesive materials. In conclusion, AbAf iCs family can serve as excellent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal bioadhesive candidates for tissue/wound closure, wound dressing, and bone regeneration, especially when bacterial or fungal infections are a major concern. Keywords: wound closure; antibacterial; antifungal; citric acid; sodium metaperiodate; silver nanoparticles”