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Jie Song

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Title: Surface Mineralization of Metal Alloys Grafted With Zwitterionic Polymer Brushes. UMMS14-36; Patent Pending. 

  • The invention provides a novel approach to hydrogels with predictable degradation/gelling kinetics, which is useful for many biomedical applications where appropriate gelling kinetics and the timely disintegration of the hydrogel (e.g., drug delivery, guided tissue regeneration) is required. Precisely controlling hydrogel degradation over a broad range in a predictable manner is achieved via a simple but versatile hydrogel platform that allows formulation of hydrogels with predictable disintegration time from within 2 days to >250 days yet comparable macroscopic physical properties. 

Title: Surface Mineralization of Metal Alloys Grafted With Zwitterionic Polymer Brushes. UMMS14-35; Patent Pending.

  • The invention provides novel compositions and methods of surface mineralization for metallic or ceramic implants and devices and the resulting enhancement of properties and performance in skeletal tissue engineering, orthopedic applications and dental care. The novel approach utilizes zwitterionic brushes (e.g., of poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate) or pSBMA) covalently grafted on the surface of titanium or its alloy substrates (e.g., Ti6A14V) to promote surface-mineralization of hydroxyapatite with enhanced surface mineral coverage and mineral- substrate interfacial adhesion. The zwitterionic surface brushes, capable of attracting both cationic and anionic precursor ions during hydroxyapatite-mineralization, significantly increase the surface mineral coverage and significantly reinforce the attachment of the surface apatite crystals on the titanium alloy substrate which withstood supersonication treatment.

Title: Alkylated Amphiphilic Polymer Networks for Bioactive Lipid Delivery. UMMS14-16; Patent Pending. 

  • The invention provides unique amphiphilic polymers may be employed as controlled delivery vehicles or tissue engineering scaffolds wherein the delivery of lipophilic or amphiphilic bioactive molecules can be achieved. An amphiphilic biodegradable polymer platform is disclosed herein for the stable encapsulation and sustained release of biomolecules, such as phospholipid spingosine 1-phosphate (SIP) which can be used to promote angiogenesis alone or in conjunction with VEGF.

Title: Self-anchoring Biodegradable Polymeric Implants. UMMS13-76; Patent Pending.  

  • This invention provides novel synthetic bone grafting materials or tissue engineering scaffolds with desired structural and biological properties (e.g., well-controlled macroporosities, spatially defined biological microenvironment, good handling characteristics, self-anchoring capabilities and shape memory properties) and methods of their applications in vivo.  Specifically, the invention relates to polymer scaffolds and composites of biodegradable amphiphilic polymers and inorganic minerals as well as methods for their preparation. 

Title: Extensible and Elastomeric Electrospun Composites with High Mineral Content. UMMS12-80; Patent Pending.

  • This invention provides novel compositions of hydroxyapatite and block copolymers, wherein the co-polymers have degradable hydrophobic blocks and hydrophilic blocks for stable interfacing with hydroxyapatite, resulting in stable polymer-hydroxyapatite suspensions. The super- hydrophilicity, strengthened mechanical integrity, and retained structural integrity of the HA- PELA composite in aqueous environment represent major advantages over the HA-PLA composites for skeletal tissue engineering applications. 


  • The invention provides novel surface coatings for metallic implants to prevent periprosthetic infections after orthopedic surgery. To achieve optimal anti-fouling and bactericidial effects of commercial metallic implants, the invention has surface polymer brushes with tightly controlled yet tunable molecular weights (thickness of coating), low-fouling side chain densities and the conformational freedom needed to be grafted from the surface. By employing significantly improved surface-initiated polymerization of low-fouling, zwitterionic polymer brushes and higher-density covalent presentation of antibiotics (e.g. vancomycin) anti-infection outcomes are optimized. 

Title: Zwitterionic Ligands for Templated Mineralization. UMMS12-36; Patent Pending.

  • The invention provides novel compositions and methods for three-dimensional mineralization templated by synthetic scaffolds having zwitterionic mediators. The invention enables 3-D mineralization nucleation and growth of minerals in a well-controlled and defined manner. The composite materials prepared by the disclosed methods are cytocompatible and/or biodegradable and are suitable for use as medical implants in a variety of applications in skeletal tissue repair and regeneration. 


  • This patented technology discloses cellulose and sulfated cellulose fibrous meshes exhibiting robust structural and mechanical integrity in water for use as bone tissue scaffolds. Also, provided are methods of fabrication using a combination of electrospinning, thermal-mechanical annealing and chemical modifications. 


  • This patented invention provides novel biodegradable and biocompatible polymers and hydrogels useful for controlled drug delivery and tissue engineering scaffolds. Specifically, the invention provides versatile, cytocompatible poly(ethylene glycol)-co-polycarobonate hydrogels (e.g., crosslinked by copper-free, strain-promoted "click" chemistry) with well-defined functionalities. 


Innovation TopicsSmall MoleculesBiologicsDrug delivery vehicleResearch ToolsOrthopedicsTissue engineeringTissue implantsMuscular diseasesSmall MoleculesBiologicsMedical DevicesOrthopedicsBone graftTissue engineering, Skeletal tissue, AntibodySurgeryRegenerative medicineImplant