Nanocomposite HA-Clay Based Hydrogels


An approach to tissue engineering includes mimicking the environment of tissue development _in vivo_; this includes the two components of a scaffold and a bioreactor. A scaffold is inserted into a bioreactor, which provides conditions that are similar to _in vivo_ conditions. Scaffolds need to meet specific requirements in order to facilitate cell seeding and diffusion; such requirements include high porosity, adequate pore size, biodegradability, and injectability. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring polymer found in every tissue of the body, and is a popular option for cell culture scaffolds; however, before the present invention, the HA had to be crosslinked with chemicals for proper mechanical properties. Often, these chemicals are expensive and toxic.


This technology is an inexpensive, non toxic, and biochemically functional HA-hydrogel with improved mechanical stability. The hydrogel is comprised of hyaluronic acid, a nanoclay, and gelatin-type A. The HA is dissolved in a cell culture medium to form a HA solution containing amino acids, salts, glucose, vitamins and an antibiotic. Since this HA hydrogel is clay based, unlike currently available HA hydrogels, it's non-toxic and does not require fibronectin. The gelatin coating promotes cell adhesion and proliferation for well over two weeks.


-Biodegradable - Can support cell adhesion - Do not require fibronectin in order to attach cells - Less expensive - Non-toxic - HA-hydrogel has biochemical functionality and improved mechanical stability


- Tissue engineering - Cell culture scaffolds - Clinical applications

Patent Status


Stage Of Development


Licensing Potential

Development partner,Commercial partner,Licensing

Licensing Status

Available for licensing.

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Patent Information:
Case ID: R8245
For Information, Contact:
Donna Tumminello
Assistant Director
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Miriam Rafailovich
Divya Bhatnagar