Researchers create antimicrobial biofilm to protect medical implants from infection


Countless lives have been prolonged and improved with medical implants like pacemakers and replacement hips. But such operations also carry the risk that infection-causing microbes may grow on the implant and the immune system may reject the foreign object.

Now, a team from Strasbourg University in France has succeeded in creating a biofilm that protects against such infection.

The extremely thin, silver-coated biofilm has antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to cover titanium implants – including new hips, prostheses and pacemakers, and other medical devices that can cause infection, such as catheters.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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