Long-term catheterisation causes significant damage and infection – not surprising considering the current Foley catheter design was developed more than 50 years ago. Professor Roger Feneley asks, can the biomaterials sector help improve quality of life for an ageing population?
Sue Dunkerton, Associate Director at TWI, UK, and Director at HealthTech and Medicines KTN, tells Melanie Rutherford how biomedical materials advances are helping to address the challenges facing the healthcare industry.
They make plastic bottles out of plants, protect delicate goods with wool packaging and use rubber to make more elastic plastic. So, what is it like working with natural materials? Eoin Redahan asks the professionals.