Patents on Metallic Biodegradable Stents

Author(s): Hendra Hermawan, Dominique Dube, Diego Mantovani

Journal Name: Recent Patents on Materials Science
Continued as Current Materials Science

Volume 3 , Issue 2 , 2010


In the last decade, number of patents claiming degradable biomaterials have been increasing worldwide. This novel class of biomaterials is intended to be used for implants having temporary function like coronary stents. Biodegradable stents are expected to provide a temporary opening for narrowed arterial vessels until they remodel and progressively disappear thereafter. Metallic biodegradable stents have recently been advanced to pre-clinical tests in humans after their first introduction in early 2000s. By referring to patents and journal publications, this article will review the metallic biodegradable stents, highlighting materials and processes. Their current and future developments will be discussed.

Keywords: Biodegradable stent, degradable metallic biomaterials, iron, magnesium, laser cutting, coating

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Year: 2010
Page: [140 - 145]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/1874464811003020140
Price: $58

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