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Oxtex research

Research is the DNA that runs through Oxtex Ltd. The idea for the company originated when Marc Swan, a Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon and Tim Goodacre, a Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Past President of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons recognised the need for improved technology in tissue expansion. 

This led Marc to undertake a DPhil at the University of Oxford within the Department of Materials. His specific aim was to develop a self-inflating anisotropic (unidirectional) tissue expander.  Marc’s work with Jan Czernuszka, Head of Biomaterials at the University of Oxford, and David Bucknall, Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in the US, led to the development of the original hydrogel expanders. For a list of relevant research publications, please click here.

The engagement with the research community is of primary importance for the company and we welcome the opportunity to engage with researchers and surgical practitioners alike. If you are a researcher and would like to learn more about the specific properties of the Oxtex expanders or would like to experiment with them, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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What is tissue expansion?

A short explanation is available here.