15 Jul 2010

Beeswax as a Drug Delivery System

From Our Changing World, 9:48 pm on 15 July 2010

Michael Mucalo and Ho Ying Yuen with the muffin tray that was used a mould for the drug delivery system University of Waikato chemist Michael Mucalo(pictured at left with Ho Ying Yuen. Image: University of Waikato) is another researcher whose work on biomedicals has strong commercial potential, and who has strong connections with Waikatolink. One of his interests is drug delivery systems, and he has been developing a drug-release medium that could work to slowly release drugs in the complex chemical environment of a cow rumen. Third year chemistry student Ho Ying Yuen had a summer placement investigating combining beeswax with the more traditional polyethylene-oxide (PEO) and she explains the research process. Michael Mucalo also talks about another of his interests, biomedicals, and in particular the potential for waste cattle bone to be processed in such a way that it could be used in xenografts to help the growth of new bone.