All Technologies >> Engineering/Physical Sciences

Method of Production for Improved Bioactive Fibers

Download PDF Version

Invention

The University of Florida is seeking companies to commercialize an exciting advancement in the production of Bioactive Fibers (BAF). Developed by a team of doctors with years of hands-on experience in the field, our discovery will eliminate many of the major problems typically associated with this remarkable substance. Difficulties encountered by scientists working with BAF include its inefficiency with short-fiber spraying and its tendency to transition from a free-flowing solution to a more solid-like gel. By incorporating Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) into the BAF solution, our team of scientists has overcome BAF's deficiencies, signaling an advancement not only in BAF development, but also a major step forward in the field of biomedicine.

Applications

This improvement of the Bioactive Fiber (BAF) solution dramatically increases its versatility and efficacy in the orthopedic and dentistry fields, while broadening its usefulness in the fields of superconductor production and refractory textile manufacturing

Advantages

  • Creates a solution whose viscosity is easily manipulated, thus eliminating the major barrier in large-scale production, and dramatically increasing its market potential and profitability
  • Allows physicians to fine-tune their application of BAF into targeted areas, enhancing the precision with which the solution is applied and improving the success rate of surgeries and operations
  • Signals a more dependable means for spraying discontinuous short fibers, decreasing the likelihood of clogging in the midst of a medical procedure

Technology

Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) has been incorporated into the synthesis of a Bioactive Fiber (BAF) solution as a viscosity builder for spraying discontinuous short fibers. The method of synthesis followed a previously designed method, with the exception of a novel addition of PVP. Through the addition of the polymer to the solution, its viscosity was more easily modulated, and its rheological properties were able to be manipulated through a change in the levels of PVP as opposed to a direct manipulation of the BAF free-flowing solution

To discuss this technology with a licensing officer call (352)392-8929 or email jmuir@ufl.edu and ask about record UF ID: 10856