Recent advances in multiaxial electrospinning for drug delivery

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Electrospun fibers have seen an insurgence in biomedical applications due to their unique characteristics. Coaxial and triaxial electrospinning techniques have added new impetus via fabrication of multilayered nano and micro-size fibers. These techniques offer the possibility of forming fibers with features such as blending, reinforced core, porous and hollow structure. The unique fabrication process can be used to tailor the mechanical properties, biological properties and release of various factors, which can potentially be useful in various controlled drug delivery applications. Harvesting these advantages, various polymers and their combinations have been explored in a number of drug delivery and tissue regeneration applications. New advances have shown the requirement of drug-polymer compatibility in addition to drug-solvent compatibility. We summarize recent findings using both hydrophilic and hydrophobic (or lipophilic) drugs in hydrophobic or hydrophilic polymers on release behavior. We also describe the fundamental forces involved during the electrospinning process providing insight to the factors to be considered to form fibers. Also, various modeling efforts on the drug release profiles are summarized. In addition new developments in the immune response to the electrospun fibers, and advances in scale-up issues needed for industrial size manufacturing.

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