Biomedical materials

Biomedical materials are biomaterials that are manufactured or processed to be suitable for use as medical devices (or components thereof) and that are usually intended to be in long-term contact with biological materials. Examples of biomedical materials are prostheses, reconstituted tissues and intravenous catheters.

Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • News and Views |

    A two-step method has been developed for the accelerated and efficient generation of human kidney organoids using in vitro and in ovo culture in a three-dimensional environment.

    • Susana M. Chuva de Sousa Lopes
    Nature Materials 18, 303-304
  • News and Views |

    Use of graphene in a transistor configuration offers an alternative to metal electrodes for the recording of ultraslow neural potentials that occur in neurologic diseases.

    • Jed A. Hartings
    Nature Materials 18, 194-196
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Emily Mayhew, a historian within the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London, talks to Nature Materials about the advances that have been made in medicine and, in particular, prosthetics since World War I.

    • Amos Matsiko
    Nature Materials 17, 946-948
  • Editorial |

    Prostheses today can trace their roots to the rudimentary designs of the First World War, but since then there have been significant advances that have improved the quality of life of amputees.

  • News and Views |

    An orally administered bifunctional gastrointestinal coating has been developed and shown to limit nutrient absorption through the bowel mucosa ultimately lowering blood glucose and also acting as a platform for delivery of drugs to the gastrointestinal tract.

    • Gregor Fuhrmann
    Nature Materials 17, 754-755