Dr Mark Staiger
University of Canterbury
Over the last 18 years, I have been in the process of developing various research strands in the areas of biocomposites, polymeric nanofibres and biodegradable metals, with the aim of developing new types of biomedical materials. I am particularly active in the area of biodegradable magnesium-based alloy biomaterials, with a focus on repairing or restoring the skeletal system. My research team and laboratories have in-house capabilities in the areas of Mg alloy production, secondary processing, materials testing, design and manufacture of Mg-based medical devices, and novel test methods for validating the efficacy of devices. Our work aims to improve on current implant technologies by offering enhanced compatibility and reducing surgery costs within the NZ health system. Other more recent work in my group is focused on the design of improved hernia mesh technologies.