Better than a Band-Aid

January 10, 2010

By hammersmith

[Source: ] – A new company at the Flagstaff business incubator is currently testing a biopolymer that could replace stitches and the use of gauze when treating a deep cut or similar wound.

The material, known as Elastatropin, might help wounds heal faster and reduce the amount of scarring, said Protein Genomics CEO Burt Ensley.

The lab-grown material is similar to human tropoelastin, an organic material that helps keep skin and other tissues in the body flexible.

The move to the Northern Arizona Center for Emerging Technologies follows a recent announcement that the company had received a $150,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation.

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