Biodegradable and drug-eluting coronary artery stents


Project Leader: Daniel Heath
Staff: Daniel Heath
Student: Eve Revalor
Collaborators: Peter Barlis (Melbourne Medical School)
Primary Contact: Daniel Heath (daniel.heath@unimelb.edu.au)
Keywords: biomaterials
Disciplines: Biomedical Engineering,Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Domains: Convergence of engineering and IT with the life sciences
Research Centre: Particulate Fluids Processing Centre (PFPC)

Coronary artery stents are a life saving technology. However, current stents are non-degradable. Next generation stents are being fabricated so that they degrade in the body once the blood vessel has healed. This project aims to develop new biodegradable stents that possess improved imaging capacity and drug-elution properties.