Research & Innovation

Introduction

Blafar Ltd is a research, development and manufacturing company specialising in high-quality and cutting-edge functionalised biopolymers for cosmetic and biomedical applications. Our focus lies in designing and developing innovative raw materials that offer advanced functionality, including functionalised hyaluronic acid and gelatin, collagen and hyperbranched poly (ethylene glycol). These materials combine excellent innate biological and mechanical characteristics with the world of synthetic chemical techniques to optimise biomechanical formulations and enhance outcomes in biomedical applications.

Blafar aims to significantly expand its market share and broaden the range of existing biomaterial products. We will continue to design and develop formulations using our multifunctional biomaterials, with a specific focus on introducing injectable scaffolds and 3D bio-ink products to the market. Under the exceptional leadership of Professor Wenxin Wang, supported by a highly skilled technical team, and leveraging our solid foundation in new technologies, we anticipate rapid growth for Blafar. We have already filed three patents for our technology and have secured licensing agreements for three new patented technologies from UCD. Blafar remains committed to ongoing research and innovation to deliver new and improved biomaterial products.

Blafar’s materials have applications in various fields of biomedical research

Tissue Engineering

Tissue engineering combines biology, engineering, and materials science to create functional artificial tissues and organs. By using biocompatible materials, scaffold structures, and cells, tissue engineering aims to regenerate damaged or lost tissues, offering potential solutions for organ transplantation, wound healing, and addressing degenerative diseases.

3D Cell Culture

3D cell culture has emerged as a powerful tool in biomedical research for studying cellular behaviour that bridges the gap between traditional cell culture models and in vivo systems by mimicking the complex architecture and functionality of human tissues. 3D cell culture techniques provide a more physiologically relevant environment by allowing cells to grow and interact in three dimensions.

3D Printing

3D printing has revolutionised biomedical research and clinical practice. It enables the creation of complex, patient-specific structures, implants, and scaffolds using biocompatible materials. 3D printing allows for precise customisation, facilitating advancements in medical devices and regenerative medicine.

Tissue Adhesives

Tissue adhesives are innovative substances used to bond biological tissues together. These adhesives provide an alternative to traditional sutures or staples, offering benefits such as reduced scarring, enhanced wound closure, and improved healing time. Tissue adhesives find applications in surgical procedures, wound closure, and tissue repair.

Drug Delivery

Drug delivery techniques focus on developing efficient methods to transport therapeutic substances to targeted sites within the body. The porous nature of hydrogels formed with Blafar’s biomaterials gives ideal conditions for drug encapsulation.

Funded Projects

Our commitment to pushing the boundaries of biopolymer technologies has led Blafar to engage in several projects funded by prominent Irish Funding Agencies, such as the Irish Research council and Science Foundation Ireland. These collaborative initiatives aim to realise the potential impact of our biopolymer technologies in improving the quality of life for patients worldwide.

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