Plant-based Vetigel stops traumatic bleeding in seconds
A new plant-based gel, called VetiGel, may be the solution to stop serious bleeding. The premise was created by 22 year-old Joe Landolina – who invented the product when he was just 17 – and can stop bleeding within 12 seconds.
Landolina, CEO and co-founder of Brooklyn biotech startup Suneris, said the gel can be applied to the skin (including open wounds) and soft tissue and is already being used in veterinary clinics. In an interview with Bloomberg, Landolina describes the VetiGel as “Lego building blocks for the body.” The building blocks in this case are polymers removed from the cell walls of a plant and that accelerate the natural blood clotting process in three different ways. Firstly it stops the bleeding immediately after application by closing the wound. The gel then facilitates the accumulation of platelets, which concentrate in the region and facilitate blood clotting. Lastly, the gel stimulates the production of fibrin, which is a coagulation-related protein, resulting in a remarkably fast and stable coagulation process.
The VetiGel is not yet ready for use in humans, but is close to reaching that point, according to Suneris, and when it does, the initial primary market will probably be to help military personnel and EMTs treat traumatic injuries. Soon the VetiGel will be available in the market as a veterinary product to help stop bleeding during animal surgery. Veterinarians and clinics interested in testing VetiGel can contact them on the company website.
Via: Business Insider
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