Iranian scientists have managed to produce an artificial vessel and a type of wound care dressing using polymeric materials.
The two technological developments were unveiled in a ceremony attended by the Head of Iran Polymer and Petrochemical Institute (IPPI) Mehdi Nekouhesh.
The polymer wound care dressing was invented as part of larger plan to find a treatment for a particular type of skin wounds, a Farsi report by Mehr said.
The artificial vessel was the second invention of the Institute’s scientists. The vessel, which is now at the clinical stage, used to be an imported good and is being produced for the first time by IPPI in Iran.
In addition to its medical functions in treating cardiovascular system and kidney diseases, it is also used in textile industry for producing shoes and sport jackets.
According to the data released by Iran’s Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology, the Islamic Republic’s share in scientific publications worldwide has been growing over the past two decades, from 0.07 percent in 1996 to 1.5 percent in 2015.
Likewise, its share in total regional scientific publications increased from 3.5 percent in 1996 to 28.6 percent in 2015. Joint publications by Iranian authors and foreign collaborators accounted for around 19.8 percent.
The Iranian government says a major reason for these improvements is the increasing importance given to scientific publications, research, promotion of university professors through awarding grants to them, and granting awards to the graduate students and pursuing their admissions to accredited universities.