Bone Drug Delivery

Injectable PEGDMA Microrods for Orthopedic Regeneration

Currently, fracture repairs are approached primarily through surgical fixation or bone graft implantation, with no well- adopted biologics or injectable materials widely available to promote fracture repair. Therefore, the development of translational and cost-effective strategies to accelerate fracture repair is a high priority. We have been testing novel biologics and engineering optimal delivery systems for local and sustained administration of growth factors. To that end, we’ve fabricated hydrogel-based microparticles for the controlled release of factors with the aim of promoting repair and regeneration.

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(A) Photolithographically fabricated polyethylene glycol dimethacrylate (PEGDMA) μRods 100x15x15 μm in dimension. (B) Murine tibial fracture callus 7 days post-injection of PEGDMA μRods, with higher magnification of PEGDMA μRods (arrows) within fracture callus. (C) Bone tissue characterization via μCT 7 days post-injection shows that a single injection of beta nerve growth factor (β-NGF) PEGDMA μRods improves bone development comparable to repeated β-NGF injection.

Recent Publications: Rivera KO et al. (2020). Scientific Reports.

Current/Future work:

  1. Topographical influence on orthopedic tissue repair
  2. Polycaprolactone NW delivery of β-NGF

Point(s) of contact: Kevin Rivera

Nanoparticles for drug delivery and bone formation

Osteomyelitis is a bone or bone marrow infection that requires prolonged antibiotic therapy and surgical debridement. We are developing nanoparticles that both release a therapeutic payload and restructure damaged bone.


Acute osteomyelitis causes destruction of bone as seen in the jaw bone in the lower right of the image.


Osteoblasts attach themselves to a calcium phosphate microparticle capable of delivering an antibiotic payload to areas of bone infection.