New materials for use in medicine and biotechnology based on
porous polymer hydrogels
Porous polymer hydrogels are a sponge-like system composed of a
large number of interconnected pores with dimensions of tens of
micrometers (average porosity is 75-85 %, average pore size is 35-40
μm). Meanwhile the share of the polymer-based part is comparatively
small and makes for 6-8% of the total mass.
Microscope photos of porous polymer hydrogels
Hydrogel materials and products based on them have no
industrially produced analogues neither in Russia nor abroad. Their
distinctive advantages are high porosity, swelling properties,
biocompatibility and biodegradability (the material gets fully
replaced by new tissue, thus it is no longer necessary to extract it
from the organism).
In accordance with the intended use of the product hydrogel
materials can produce a complex effect – hemostatic,
anti-inflammatory, anti-swelling and pain-relieving action –
stimulating recovery processes in the body.
Our technology allows to create materials of different form and size,
depending on the intended use of the medical device.
Thanks to their comparatively low cost and ease of production our
materials have an excellent quality/price ratio and in that regard
are not only comparable but clearly superior to the known western
and local products that are currently used in similar cases.
We are currently preparing for production two products based on
“MM-Gel” porous hydrogel material:
1) “MM-Gel-R” wound dressing developed for effective treatment of
wounds, ulcers, burns, freeze-burns and bed sores of various
etiology, skin defects and areas of donor skin harvesting, as well
as for replacement of skin grafts.
“MM-Gel-R” hydrogel wound dressing:
- Protects wound tissue-cellular structures from
negative environmental effects (reinfection, drying,
humidity, mechanical injuries) for the entire
- Does not provoke local irritation or allergic
- Removes pain;
- Removes wound inflammation;
- Maintains damaged tissue viability;
- Restores circulatory function;
- Provides direct stimulation and regulation of
the recovery process and creates optimal conditions
for new skin growth;
- Easy to apply and remove without causing
injuries or bleeding.
The features listed above make «ÌÌ-Gel-R» wound dressing the only
currently existing material in the world that can be used at any
stage of the wound treatment.
This aspect makes it much easier to use it in extreme conditions in
the absence of qualified medical personnel, whereas in hospital
environment, in addition to its capacity to rapidly heal wounds,
“MM-Gel-R” can decrease the necessary amount of bed days.
Moreover, the use of this wound dressing makes it no longer
necessary to prescribe anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving
medicines to the patient. This factor can play a very important role
in its possible application in disaster medicine and in the armed
forces, while at the same time having a positive effect both on the
cost of treatment and psychological state of the patient.
The look of «ÌÌ-Gel-R» wound dressing: (À) – in swollen state, (B) – in dried-up
Example of use of «ÌÌ-Gel-R» wound dressing.
2) “MM-Gel-F” surgical implant is developed to fill post-surgical
cavities and soft tissue defects, for example in surgery or
cosmetology. The implant stimulates reparation process in the wound
area, fully degrades into harmless products and gets substituted by
tissue in several months. The material has good adhesion to the
surface, takes the form of the defect and remains stable under
standard sterilization procedures.
The product absorbs large quantities of wound exudate, has a
relatively short time of inclusion into the body metabolism
accompanied by discussion and growth of proper tissue, provides the
opportunity to deliver medical substances with their subsequent
This product can be used in cosmetic surgery for removing soft
tissue defects and is capable of correcting both functional and
aesthetic flaws, thus improving people’s health condition and
standards of living.
Moreover, the implant can be used in surgery in combination with
other modern effective methods of surgical treatment to successfully
cure serious patients whose treatment would have been otherwise
impossible (for example in case of surgical operations on the
destructive pulmonary tuberculosis).
The look of «ÌÌ-Gel-F» surgical implant (À). Example of use of «ÌÌ-Gel-F»
implant (B) for filling post-surgical cavities (operations on the destructive