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Final Report - PROTEC (Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Processing Technology for Biodegradable Polymers Targeting Medical Applications)

Project ID: 517070
Funded under: FP6-NMP


This is the final report for the PROTEC project which aimed to develop an innovative 'supercritical fluid' processing technology that enabled the production of biodegradable / bioabsorbable polymers ensuring consistent and well defined mechanical properties, chemical composition, porosity and degradation profile. This report begins by describing the course of the project. Initially, the project identified a series of biodegradable polymer implants that could benefit from the addition of supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) during processing. The final demonstrator product chosen for testing was a biodegradable rod of the type used for internal fixation in extremity fractures and osteotomies.

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