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Patent Picks are chosen by the editors from publicly available sources. Today's features are hybrid hydrogels formed from biocompatible polymers and peptides that self-assemble in aqueous media.

Hydrogel hybrids from self-assembled peptides and biocompatible polymers
U.S. Patent Application 20150306229
Publication date: Oct. 29, 2015
Assignee: Technology Innovation Momentum Fund (Israel) Limited Partnership

This patent application describes hybrid hydrogels. These are formed from peptides capable of self-assembling into hydrogels in aqueous solutions, and a biocompatible polymer characterized by high swelling capability, high elasticity and low mechanical strength.

According to the inventors, exemplary hybrid hydrogels can be formed by a plurality of aromatic dipeptides and hyaluronic acid. These hydrogels are characterized by controllable mechanical and biological properties that can be adjusted by controlling the concentration ratio of the peptides to the polymer.

Processes of preparing the hydrogels and uses thereof in pharmaceutical, cosmetic or cosmeceutical applications such as tissue engineering and/or regeneration are further disclosed.

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