|Project Name||Development of Biodegradable Magnesium Alloy Made of Essential Minerals to Human Body|
|Year||2013||Director||Dr. Seok, Hyun Kwang|
Development of Biodegradable Magnesium Alloy Made of Essential Minerals to Human Body
1. Content & Characteristic
O Development of biodegradable Mg alloy for application in orthopedics & plastic
surgery while earning approval from Korea Ministry of Food and Drug Safety for
- Medical implants made with these materials are expected to reshape the landscape of the
fracture treatment field since it degrades completely after 6 months to 2 years of implantation
into human body and makes the current required second operation to take out the implant
after patient recovery obsolete.
- The key point of newly developed technology is matching potentials between the matrix of
metal and the phases dispersed through the matrix to overcome the fundamental weakness
of the most Mg alloys, which degrade rapidly. New innovative materials can be developed
by applying this technology to Mg alloy with the 2nd and 3rd additional elements while still
maintaining the electrochemical nature of pure metal.
- Successfully developed a high strength/low biodegradation rate Mg alloy made of basic
elements and minerals essential to the human body
2. Scientific and Technological Value
O This research is important in terms of developing novel biodegradable medical
devices which can overcome the limitations of the conventional medical devices
made out of bioinert titanium. It provides the foundation for future research
application of Mg on various kind of medical implants.
3. Social and Economic Effect
O Formation of future medical device market at astronomical scale
O Development of infrastructure for biodegradable medical implant industries.
O World leading group in the field of biodegradable metal devices.
O Establishment of long-term and stable market share of Korea in the global
market of medical devices.
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