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Recommended Conferences for Hydrogel


As per available reports about 5 Relevant Journals, 23 Conferences, 4 National Symposium are presently dedicated exclusively to hydrogel and about 30 articles are being published on hydrogels.

hydrogel is a network of polymer chains that are hydrophilic, sometimes found as a colloidal gel in which water is the dispersion medium. Hydrogels are highly absorbent (they can contain over 90% water) natural or synthetic polymeric networks. Hydrogels also possess a degree of flexibility very similar to natural tissue, due to their significant water content.

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Scope and Importance:

Once used for simple encapsulation of cells or drugs, in homogeneous materials, today’s hydrogels are more complex smart polymers with different types of ligands and cross-links allowing for highly regulated structures and different bioresponsive functionalities. The hydrophilic nature of hydrogels permits drug delivery of therapeutic materials that would otherwise denature due to hydrophobic interactions, and the protective structure also prevents destruction of cells or proteins by host immune responses, since matrix pore size can be made small enough to prevent the entry of large immune cells and antibodies.

Hydrogels are three-dimensional, cross-linked networks of water-soluble polymers. Hydrogels can be made from virtually any water-soluble polymer, encompassing a wide range of chemical compositions and bulk physical properties. Furthermore, hydrogels can be formulated in a variety of physical forms, including slabs, microparticles, nanoparticles, coatings, and films. As a result, hydrogels are commonly used in clinical practice and experimental medicine for a wide range of applications, including tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, diagnostics, cellular immobilization, separation of biomolecules or cells and barrier materials to regulate biological adhesions

The unique physical properties of hydrogels have sparked particular interest in their use in drug delivery applications. Their highly porous structure can easily be tuned by controlling the density of cross-links in the gel matrix and the affinity of the hydrogels for the aqueous environment in which they are swollen. Their porosity also permits loading of drugs into the gel matrix and subsequent drug release at a rate dependent on the diffusion coefficient of the small molecule or macromolecule through the gel network. Indeed, the benefits of hydrogels for drug delivery may be largely pharmacokinetic – specifically that a depot formulation is created from which drugs slowly elute, maintaining a high local concentration of drug in the surrounding tissues over an extended period, although they can also be used for systemic delivery. Hydrogels are also generally highly biocompatible, as reflected in their successful use in the peritoneum and other sites in vivo. Biocompatibility is promoted by the high water content of hydrogels and the physiochemical similarity of hydrogels to the native extracellular matrix, both compositionally (particularly in the case of carbohydrate-based hydrogels) and mechanically. Biodegradability or dissolution may be designed into hydrogels via enzymatic, hydrolytic, or environmental (e.g. pH, temperature, or electric field) pathways; however, degradation is not always desirable depending on the time scale and location of the drug delivery device. Hydrogels are also relatively deformable and can conform to the shape of the surface to which they are applied. In the latter context, the muco- or bioadhesive properties of some hydrogels can be advantageous in immobilizing them at the site of application or in applying them on surfaces that are not horizontal.

Market Analysis:

The global market for implantable biomaterials in 2013 was worth nearly $75.1 billion. This market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.7% between 2014 and 2019. This will result in $79.1 billion in 2014 and $109.5 billion global market in 2019. The global use of bioplastics was 0.64 million metric tons in 2010 and 0.85 million metric tons in 2011. BCC expects that the use of bioplastics will increase up to 3.7 million metric tons by 2016, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34.3%.The Americas bioplastics region reached 0.24 million metric tons in 2010 and 0.30 million metric tons in 2011. It is expected to grow to 1.2 million metric tons by 2016, a CAGR of 32.9%.As one of the largest markets in the world, the U.S. bioplastics segment reached 0.22 million metric tons in 2010 and 0.26 million metric tons in 2011. It is expected to grow to 1.4 million metric tons by 2016, a CAGR of 40.7%.

International Symposium and Workshops

  • Cancer Drug Discovery & Preclinical Development Summit London, UK
  • 9th Annual Fragment-Based Drug Discovery
  • “3-Dimensional Cell Cultures and Drug Discovery” Workshop organized by IT-LIVER, University of Vienna, Universitätsring
  • 4th International Conference on Recent Advances in Health Sciences Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Workshop on Improving Oral Bioavailability by Lipid-Based Delivery
  • 17th International Pharmaceutical Technology Symposium
  • IISC workshop on nanocarriers: An emerging platform for drug delivery
  • Discovery on Target Boston, USA
  • Re-Entering Antibacterial Drug Development Summit Boston, USA
  • Orphan Drugs, Collaborations and Market Access Congress San Diego, USA
  • XXIII International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry Lisboa Congress Center, Praçadas Industrias, Lisbon

List of Best International Conferences:

  1. 8th Pharmaceutics and Novel Drug Delivery Systems Conference 
    March 07-09, 2016 Madrid, Spain
  2. 9th World Drug Delivery Summit June 30-July 02, 2016 New Orleans, USA
  3. Industrial Pharmacy Conference April 28-29, 2016 Dubai, UAE
  4. 2nd Pharmacology and Ethnopharmacology Conference 
    May 02-04, 2016 Chicago, USA
  5. 4th European Pharma Congress June 13-15, 2016 Berlin, Germany
  6. 7th Annual Global Pharma Summit June 20-22, 2016 New Orleans, USA
  7. 6th Asia-Pacific Pharma Congress July 14-16, 2016 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  8. Nanomedicine Conference July 25-27, 2016 Bangkok, Thailand
  9. 3rd Pharmacology Congress August 08-10, 2016 Birmingham, UK
  10. 2nd Clinical Trials Conference August 22-24, 2016 Philadelphia, USA
  11. 4th Neuropharmacology Conference September 15-17, 2016 San Antonio, USA
  12. 7th Pharmacovigilance and Clinical Trials Conference 
    September 19-21, 2016 Vienna, Austria
  13. 5th Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology Conference 
    September 19-21, 2016 Las Vegas, USA
  14. 2nd Pharma Middle East Congress October 12-14, 2016 Dubai, UAE
  15. Marine Drugs and Natural Products Conference 
    July 28-30, 2016 Brisbane, Australia
  16. 2nd Parenterals and Injectables Conference October 24-26, 2016 Istanbul, Turkey
  17. Drug Delivery Partnerships 2016 (DDP 2016) January 20-22, 2016 Florida, USA
  18. Pharmapack Europe February 10-11, 2016, Paris Expo Porte De Versailles
  19. 7th Annual Global Drug Delivery & Formulation Summit 
    May 23-25, 2016 Berlin, Germany
  20. Peptide Drug Design & Delivery Summit 
    February 24-25, 2016 San Francisco, CA
  21. 6th American Drug Delivery & Formulation Summit 
    June 12-14, 2016 Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
  22. Respiratory Drug Delivery (RDD 2016) April 17-21, 2016 Phoenix, Arizona

Relevant Societies and Associations:

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  • Ibero-Latin American Society of Wounds and Ulcers
  • Danish Wound Healing Society
  • 5 Portuguese Wound Management Association
  • Wound Management Association Turkey
  • Wound Healing Society
  • The New Zealand Wound Care Society
  • German Society for Medical Treatment of Burns
  • Czech Wound Management Society


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  • Bayer HealthCare
  • Cané Medical Technology
  • CVS Caremark
  • CuraScript
  • Fairview Specialty Pharmacy
  • Gilead Sciences
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  • AIM
  • Henry Schein
  • Snap Diagnostics
  • MediLexicon
  • Nicos Group Inc.
  • Bausch & Lomb Instruments
  • Miami Medical
  • Image Stream Medical

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This page was last updated on May 30, 2024

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