VetiGel, A New Blood-Clotting Band Aid, May Change The Future Of Medicine
We might not have flying cars in the future, but we could be able to save countless lives with this new high-tech, blood-clotting bandage. Seriously. Suneris, a small biotech company in Brooklyn, is developing VetiGel, a blood-clotting substance that can staunch wounds in under 30 seconds. If the scientists at Suneris are successful, the powerful gel may one day be life-changing tool for soldiers, paramedics, doctors, teachers — everyone, really.
Bloomberg Television reporter Sam Grobart visited the Suneris lab recently to speak with the company's co-founder, Joe Landolina, and get the lowdown on VetiGel. Landolina explained that while a freshman at New York University — just four years ago! — he had an idea to use plant-based polymers to stop a bleeding wound. What he soon discovered was that these polymers staunched bleeding at a ridiculous speed, because they were able to interact with tissue and cause the platelets to stick together.
As Suneris explains on its website:
So, when the gel is applied to a traumatic wound, it can halt the bleeding in just 20 seconds. Omar Ahmad, Suneris vice president of engineering, tells Grobart that, so far, there's nothing out there in the medical world that works this quickly or effectively:
With its medical technology sound, the next step for the company is to get a market-ready sample of VetiGel approved by the FDA. Currently, VetiGel is only being used in veterinarian facilities for clinical evaluation — the test for application in the real world.
Landolini is confident his product will one day take over the world — in a good way — telling Grobart:
Image: screenshot/YouTube, Vetigel