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To evaluate the effects of osteoprogenitor cells on bone fracture healing, cells of this kind, along with bone growth factors, were encapsulated in shell material designed to protect the contents.

The Biochemistry Section of the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) supports the materials research and development needs of the healthcare industry. Materials experience includes:

  • Biopolymers
  • Biocompatible synthetic polymers
  • Metals and ceramics
  • Nanomaterials and composites
  • Micro- and nano-encapsulation
  • Controlled and triggered release
  • Smart materials

Clients contract with SwRI for biomedical materials solutions for several reasons, including solving existing device performance problems through failure analysis; improving device performance; or developing new materials formulations to alter performance.

Dr. Tony E. Reeves, Manager

Biochemistry Technical Strengths

  • Biomaterials
  • Musculoskeletal research
  • Tissue engineering
  • Functional surfaces and biocompatibility
  • Microfluidics and microfabrication
  • Molecular and structure-property modeling
  • Targeted and triggered drug delivery
  • Controlled release
  • Biosensors
  • Biomedical Research
  • CNS delivery
  • Statin formulation
  • Medical device 13485 capability
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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 11 technical divisions.