Controlled release using a new bioerodible polyphosphazene matrix system

C. T. Laurencin, H. J. Koh, T. X. Neenan, H. R. Allcock, Robert Langer

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Polyphosphazenes possess polymer backbones consisting of nitrogen and phosphorous formally separated by alternating single and double bonds. Their potential for biomedical applications stems from the fact that polymers with a wide array of properties can be synthesized using the same starting compound, poly(dichlorophosphazene), through changes in side chain substituents, and that many of these compounds synthesized have been found to biodegrade to harmless products. In this article, studies of a novel monolithic bioerodible polyphosphazene matrix system for controlled drug delivery are presented. Poly(imidazole methylphenoxy) phosphazene is synthesized and shown to be bioerodible. The versatility of drug delivery devices fabricated using this polymer is shown through studies of release of macro‐molecules and low molecular weight drugs. Initial histological evaluations of this particular polyphosphazene are also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1231-1246
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Biomedical Materials Research
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1987

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering


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