Designing materials for biology and medicine

Nature. 2004 Apr 1;428(6982):487-92. doi: 10.1038/nature02388.


Biomaterials have played an enormous role in the success of medical devices and drug delivery systems. We discuss here new challenges and directions in biomaterials research. These include synthetic replacements for biological tissues, designing materials for specific medical applications, and materials for new applications such as diagnostics and array technologies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biocompatible Materials* / chemistry
  • Humans
  • Medicine / methods*
  • Medicine / trends*
  • Protein Array Analysis / instrumentation
  • Tissue Engineering / methods
  • Tissue Engineering / trends


  • Biocompatible Materials