Bioresorbable Orthopedic Implants

Tech ID: 31663 / UC Case 2012-887-0


Metal implants made from titanium or steel are commonly used to align fractured bones to ensure proper healing.  However surgical removal of the metal hardware for internal fixation of broken bones may lead to complications and additional costs. Magnesium (Mg) and its alloys are advantageous and desirable materials for use as medical implants since they may be absorbed by the body. 

Brief Description

Prof. Huinan Liu and her colleagues at the University of California, Riverside have developed a bioresorbable nutrient-based magnesium alloy that may be used for repairing fractured bones. This alloy offers comparable mechanical strength to current metal implants, and safely degrades in vivo to natural metabolic products with a controlled degradation rate.
In addition, the degradation products of this alloy induce bone regrowth and promote fracture healing.

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Fig. 1: Illustration of bioresorbable nutrient-based magnesium alloys for repairing bone fractures.


Suggested uses

  • This new alloy may be fabricated into orthopedic devices like plates, screws, and intramedullary nails
  • Pediatric patients would greatly benefit from this new material  where traditional metal implants can negatively impact a child’s skeletal growth

Patent Status

Country Type Number Dated Case
United States Of America Issued Patent 10,246,763 04/02/2019 2012-887

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magnesium, alloy, biodegradable, implant, orthopedic, bioresorbable

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