Iranians develop living band-aid to treat deep wounds

TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (MNA) – Iranian researchers at Sharif University of Technology have developed a skin-healing band-aid that contains living cells.

Amir Shamloo, Iranian researcher, told MNA that the knowledge-based unit located at Sharif University of Technology specializes in the field of tissue-engineered skin and has designed and developed a skin-healing band-aid containing living cells that can be used to treat deep burn wounds and diabetic ulcers.

“This product is placed on the wound like a band aid and contains healthy living incubated cells,” said Shamloo.

Noting that in treating deep wounds, the surrounding cells must have the necessary conditions to stay alive, reproduce and migrate, the Iranian researcher added “necessary medicine to provide such a condition is added to the product so as to expedite the activity of the live cells around the wound.”

He also added that their product enjoys a mechanical support for cells provided by biocompatible polymeric materials.

“To treat wounds in which the vessels’ tissues have been also damaged, some medicine and stem cells are also added to the band aid to accelerate the angiogenesis process,” he said.  

He also maintained that the healing process depending on the depth of the wound will take one to two weeks.

Shamloo said the live cell healing band-aid has been tested on animal and human samples and is currently in the process of obtaining necessary permits from Ministry of Health and will enter the commercialization phase in the next few months.

 

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