Patent Number: 6,309,454

Title: Freeze-dried composite materials and processes for the production thereof

Abstract: The invention provides a sterile freeze-dried sponge, wherein at least 80% by weight of the sponge consists of collagen and oxidized regenerated cellulose in the weight ratio 60:40 to 40:60, wherein the sponge has a dry tensile strength of more than 3N and/or a wet tensile strength of more than 1 N. Preferably, the collagen has a degree of denaturation less than 20% and the sponge is substantially free of chemical cross-links. The invention also provides methods for the manufacture of sponges according to the invention.

Inventors: Harvey; Wil (Skipton, GB), Leeuwen; Peter Van (Hamburg, DE), Hyland; Tom (Boatbridge, GB), Aitken; Will (Harrogate, GB)

Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Medical Limited

International Classification: A61L 31/04 (20060101); C08J 009/26 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018