Bioengineered textiles to offer medical properties

A Belgium-coordinated research project, part-funded by the European Union, has developed new ways of introducing enzymes into textile materials to give them special biotechnological properties.

Headed by the University of Ghent, the BIOTIC project (biotechnical functionalisation of (bio)polymeric textile surfaces) worked on modifying and functionalising polyethylene terephthalate (PET) textile materials by altering their chemo-enzymatic surfaces and incorporating biocatalysts into the fibres.

A European Commission note said: “BIOTIC has worked on…specific knowledge and technologies to create biotech-modified textile materials with unique properties, such as tissue engineering.”

Source: Inteletex

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