Welcome to the March issue of Materials World

The translation from idea and research to proof of concept and then commercialisation is a complex journey. Often the inventors we interview in this magazine talk about next steps regarding scalability or finding an industry collaborator – yet some will make it to that stage, and some will not.

In an article in this issue, author David Farrar illustrates the rollercoaster from innovation to commercialisation as he reflects on the highlights, setbacks and challenges in biomaterials development over three decades. His takeaway is that despite a lot of change over 30 years, a lot has stayed the same.

Ultimately, the proposed solutions need to fulfil an unmet need, and do so in the most effective and efficient way possible, responding satisfactorily to some clinicians’ understandable fallback to being “conservative”.

We hope you enjoy this issue.