April 18–19, 2018Boston Convention & Exhibition CenterBoston, MA

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Case Study: Silk Protein Applications in Implantable Devices


Anh Hoang, PhD (Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, Sofregen, Inc.)

Location: 160 A

Date: Wednesday, April 18

Time: 11:00am - 11:45am

Pass Type: Conference (Paid) - Get your pass now!

Conference Track: Biomed Track A: R&D

Vault Recording: TBD

Silk’s application in medicine is embedded in history. The Greek surgeon, Galen of Pergamon, notes that he used silk to suture together gladiators' severed tendons around 170AD and folklore dating back to at least 2,000 years teaches the use of spider silk to fight infections in wounds. But it wasn’t until 1000 years after Galen that the first mass-produced, sterile silk sutures were invented (J&J, 1887). And since, silk sutures have become the representative for silk protein and silk engineering in the medical community. In recent decades, reversed engineered silk (liquidified silk protein) has surfaced from academic research as the next generation biomaterial that couples both superior biocompatibility and engineering controllability. Promising innovative technologies are in development for applications in medical aesthetics, orthopedic reconstructions, and organ repair.

Topics covered include:
  • Comparison of silk protein vs other biomaterials
  • Identifying applications for new biomaterials
  • Challenges with introducing a newly re-invented material to FDA