20 Jun Interview with Salvador Borrós from IQS: developing next-level biomedical applications
This month we interviewed Dr. Salvador Borrós, Director of the Materials Engineering Group (GEMAT) from IQS School of Engineering, a Spanish innovative group expert in the design of implantable medical devices using Fluidnatek® LE-10 electrospinning equipment.
Dr. Salvador Borrós and his research group explain how passionate they are about innovation and how they work with our Fluidnatek® LE-10 electrospinning device in order to create the best innovative solutions for the biomedical devices technology.
As Director of the Materials Engineering Group (GEMAT) from the Institut Químic de Sarrià (IQS), what purposes motivated the use of Fluidnatek® LE-10 electrospinning-electrospraying instrument from Bioinicia?
The Group works in the development of new medical devices through surface tailoring and biomaterials mechanical properties control. The use of the electrospinning equipment allows us to obtain biomaterials from common U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) accepted materials but with the properties (mainly mechanical) that mimics the ones in the human tissues.
This project currently works with electrospinning technology to create implantable medical devices, how far has this process already been developed?
We are developing different medical devices in collaboration with hospitals around Barcelona. We have two applications already patented and we think that we will begin the regulatory pathway for these applications in the next two years.
GEMAT is using a Fluidnatek® LE-10 electrospinning-electrospraying device. Are you satisfied with the level of performance of this equipment for your applications?
Yes. The limitations come more from the side of optimizing the conditions for electrospun specific materials than for the equipment itself. The horizontal configuration is interesting but I would like to explore more near field and far field options.
How would you outline the potential applications of electrospun nanofibers for your implantable medical devices?
The great challenge is to convert our electrospinning methods in GMP methods for going to clinical stage. We know that the technique allows that and Bioinicia has worked on it, but this is really the big bottleneck for us in this moment.
What are the benefits of using your medical devices?
As stated before, medical devices developed using electrospinning technologies show physical and mechanical properties closer to the natural tissues. This gives a lot of flexibility in the designing of novel applications intended for promoting cellular response and induce healing.