Patent Number: 6,166,159

Title: High-strength degradable materials and molded articles for implantation into human and animal organisms

Abstract: Described are high-strength materials which are degradable and resorbable in the human and animal organisms and shaped articles manufactured therefrom, such as implants, based on cured (meth)acrylic acid esters of polyfunctionally hydroxyl-terminated oligomers of lower hydroxycarboxylic acids {polyfunctional (meth)acrylic acid esters}. The invention is characterized in that said materials and/or shaped articles have been three-dimensionally cross-linked by radiation-curing and/or any other, however boron-free, free radical-initiated polymerization of the polyfunctional (meth)acrylic acid esters and exhibit a tensile strength under standard conditions of at least 10 N/mm.sup.2.

Inventors: Ritter; Wolfgang (Haan, DE)

Assignee: Merck Patent GmbH

International Classification: A61L 27/00 (20060101); A61L 27/16 (20060101); A61L 31/04 (20060101); C08F 020/28 (); A61F 002/02 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2013