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[Biotransport/ Biomaterials] Access to drug delivery/release control using biomaterials
Updated: 10/14/2022 12:53 PM by Michael Johnson
Reviewed: 10/17/2022 8:25 AM by Becky Benishek
Learning hands-on skills in biomedical applications and exploring entrepreneurial mindset for junior and senior undergraduate.
"Mr. KEEN is a patient who takes a daily injection to mitigate pain. The drug is absorbed rapidly and the pain relief is not sustained long in his body. He also felt inconvenience and additional pain due to the frequent shot. So, he appealed to his doctor, Dr. K, and asked if injection frequency can be reduced as the drug’s effect lasts longer. In order to solve this issue, Dr. K asked a biomedical engineer, Mr. GFU, whether or not it is possible to control the release rate of the drug so that drug efficacy may be retained longer."  

This module is designed to provide junior/senior undergraduate students with opportunities to explore biomaterial applications. It fosters an entrepreneurial mindset by guiding students to design a prototype with biomaterials, to prove its concept and function, and to explore its potential use in a market. Specifically, this module is associated with drug release control of biopolymers. It is intended as the term project in biomedical engineering classes, such as bio-transport and biomaterials, but could be deployed in other ways. To design and develop their prototype, students would need to be provided with lectures and labs in biopolymer synthesis and diffusion.
  • Demonstrate constant curiosity about our changing world
  • Explore a contrarian view of accepted solution
  • Integrate information from many sources to gain insight
Creating Value
  • Identify unexpected opportunities to create extraordinary value
  • Persist through and learn from failure
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