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ISSN (printed): 2159-2527. ISSN (electronic): 2159-2535.

Recent developments in medicine have resulted in a considerable and unprecedented increase in life span. The invention of artificial implants made from biomaterials, in the 1960s, created a whole new scientific field and resulted in revolutionary technologies that strongly contributed to this increase in life expectancy. Since then, many exciting advancements shaped the modern biomaterials science, which itself originated several new fields, with biology playing a major role and where the separation between engineering and health sciences can hardly be distinguishable. Current and future research efforts in this field are believed to result in new therapeutic approaches to prevent and treat debilitating and life-threatening diseases. Biomatter covers all types of synthetic and natural biomaterials (metals, ceramics, polymers and composites) used for biomedical applications.

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