Growth Factor Delivery Systems for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

  • Pau Atienza-Roca
  • Xiaolin Cui
  • Gary J. Hooper
  • Tim B. F. Woodfield
  • Khoon S. LimEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1078)


Growth factors (GFs) are often a key component in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine approaches. In order to fully exploit the therapeutic potential of GFs, GF delivery vehicles have to meet a number of key design criteria such as providing localized delivery and mimicking the dynamic native GF expression levels and patterns. The use of biomaterials as delivery systems is the most successful strategy for controlled delivery and has been translated into different commercially available systems. However, the risk of side effects remains an issue, which is mainly attributed to insufficient control over the release profile. This book chapter reviews the current strategies, chemistries, materials and delivery vehicles employed to overcome the current limitations associated with GF therapies.


Growth factor delivery Tissue engineering Delivery vehicles Scaffolds Biomaterials 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pau Atienza-Roca
    • 1
  • Xiaolin Cui
    • 1
  • Gary J. Hooper
    • 1
  • Tim B. F. Woodfield
    • 1
  • Khoon S. Lim
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Christchurch Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering (CReaTE) Group, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal MedicineUniversity of Otago ChristchurchChristchurchNew Zealand

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