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Biomimetic Adhesives for Medical Technology

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in cooperation with medical partners have successfully developed a medical adhesive for the removal of kidney stone residues for endoscopic therapy. A spin-off company of the institute will continue to advance this technology in the future.

The biologist Ingo Grunwald and the engineer Manfred Peschka are experienced and long-standing IFAM employees and are the founders of the new company Purenum. They recognized early on that the need for a broad spectrum of medical adhesives exists. A particularly high application potential can be found, for example, in Germany, which alone has more than one million annual cases for the treatment of kidney stones. For many thousands of patients, endoscopic treatments are carried out in order to remove the kidney stones.

“Until now, it has not been possible to reliably remove smaller kidney stone fragments that are...

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