Protein materials as sustainable non- and minimally invasive strategies for biomedical applications

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Protein-based materials have found applications in a wide range of biomedical fields because of their biocompatibility, biodegradability and great versatility. Materials of different physical forms including particles, hydrogels, films, fibers and microneedles have been fabricated e.g. as carriers for drug delivery, factors to promote wound healing and as structural support for the generation of new tissue. This review aims at providing an overview of the current scientific knowledge on protein-based materials, and selected preclinical and clinical studies will be reviewed in depth as examples of the latest progress within the field of protein-based materials, specifically focusing on non- and minimally invasive strategies mainly for topical application.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Controlled Release
Pages (from-to)12-25
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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Funding Information:
MBS, KK and VF acknowledge VILLUM FONDEN for the Villum Young Investigator Grant “Protein superstructure as Smart Biomaterials (ProSmart)” 2018-2023 (project number: 19175 ). KK and VV acknowledge University of Palermo (FFR – PROMETA) for financial support.

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    Research areas

  • Biomaterial, Drug delivery, Non-invasive, Protein-based, Topical

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