PEG & Hydrogel Solutions

PEG and Hydrogel Solutions

Owing to their high hydrophilicity, tunable physicochemical properties and antifouling properties, PEG hydrogels are widely used in various biomedical applications, including scaffolds for delivering therapeutic biomolecules and regenerative medicine. The design, fabrication, and characterization of PEG hydrogels depend on the understanding of basic gel dynamics and application purposes. BOC Sciences can provide PEG hydrogel design and development services with different polymerization mechanisms to support the application of these biocompatible hydrogels in regenerative medicine. In addition, design criteria for maintaining the availability and stability of PEG hydrogel biomolecules will be provided.

What is Hydrogel?

Hydrogels are a class of widely studied and applied biomaterials. Hydrogels have been widely studied as cell scaffolds and drug delivery vehicles because their chemical and physical properties are very close to the natural environment of cells. Hydrogels can encapsulate both cells and biomolecules, and many gel systems can closely control the release properties through systematic changes in the physical and chemical structure of the gel. Hydrogels can be formed from synthetic (e.g., poly(ethylene glycol), poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate)) and naturally occurring polymers (e.g., collagen, hyaluronic acid, heparin). Due to their high water content, hydrogels are able to form in the presence of cells, proteins and DNA. Among them, the versatility and excellent biocompatibility of PEG macromolecular chemistry have facilitated the development of numerous intelligently designed hydrogel systems for regenerative medicine applications.

Fig. 1. Schematic structures of PEG hydrogels formed via: (A) chain-growth, (B) step-growth, and (C) mixed-mode step and chain growth polymerizationFig. 1. Schematic structures of PEG hydrogels formed via: (A) chain-growth, (B) step-growth, and (C) mixed-mode step and chain growth polymerization (Pharmaceutical Research. 2009, 26(3): 631-643).

PEG hydrogels have been widely used for cell encapsulation and therapeutic protein delivery due to their tissue-like water content, adjustable physicochemical properties and resistance to nonspecific protein adsorption. Through copolymerization with other macromolecules, it is easy to introduce multiple functional groups into PEG hydrogels to inhibit or promote cell survival and function. Chemical or covalent crosslinking is the most commonly used hydrogel crosslinking mechanism, which leads to relatively stable hydrogel structures and tunable physicochemical properties such as permeability, molecular diffusivity, equilibrium water content, elasticity, modulus amount and degradation rate. Among them, chain-growth and step-growth polymerization cross-linking reactions can adjust the mesh size of the hydrogel to control protein release. The mesh size is usually controlled by changing the molecular weight and concentration of monomers. For example, hydrogels with mesh size smaller than the hydrodynamic radius of the encapsulated proteins will result in sustained release of proteins.

Our PEG Solutions for Hydrogels

Our PEG Solutions for Hydrogels

Design criteria for controlled release in PEG-based hydrogels may vary by application due to the variability in the chemical nature and size of the delivered molecules. BOC Sciences can provide controlled delivery screening services of PEG-based hydrogel systems ranging from small molecule drugs to large biomacromolecules such as nucleic acids, peptides and proteins. In addition, we also offer drug availability (correct dosage) screening and biostability testing for PEG hydrogels in order to achieve the desired therapeutic effect in vivo or in vitro.

  • Chain growth crosslinking polymerization
  • Step growth crosslinked polymerization
  • Mixed mode crosslinking polymerization
  • Controlled release design criteria screening
  • Availability assessment of biomolecules
  • Stability determination of biomolecules

PEGylation Analysis Capabilities

  • PEGylation purity and extent analysis
  • Hydrodynamic diameter of PEGylated species
  • Surface charge of PEGylated substances
  • Speciation analysis of PEGylated substances
  • Evaluation of degree of substitution with PEG

Our PEG Solution Service Workflow

Our PEG Solution Service Workflow

Our Strengths in PEG Development and Manufacturing

  • One-stop development solutions
  • Responsive project management
  • Professional and skilled research team
  • Rich experience in pegylation technology
  • Well-equipped comprehensive analytical support
  • Pilot and commercial scale production

If you are interested in our PEG hydrogel solutions, contact us to learn more.

Why BOC Sciences?

  • Large Stock

    More than 2000+ products in inventory

  • Global Delivery

    Warehouses in multiple cities to ensure fast delivery

  • mg to kg

    Multi specification for academic research and industrial production

  • 24/7 Technical Support

    Strict process parameter control to ensure product quality



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BOC Sciences supplies a unique variety of PEG derivatives and functional PEG polymers. Our products offer the most diverse collection of reactivity, ready-to-use functionality, and molecular weight options that you will not find anywhere else.

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