Current methods of tissue fixation leave much to be desired, essentially relying on technologies developed from the clothing and carpentry industries i.e. sutures, screws, and pins.
Bioadhesives offer a less traumatic method of tissue fixation and hence are a needed tool in the clinic.
Our group is researching novel bioadhesive strategies that allow application in wet environments, and an on-demand adhesive mechanism.
On-demand adhesion would allow flexibility in method placement and take advantage of less invasive surgical technologies, such as balloon catheters and laparoscopic (keyhole) surgeries.