Scientists invent treatment for hard-to-heal wounds

08.09.2017 PAP/Jacek Turczyk
08.09.2017 PAP/Jacek Turczyk

Scientists have developed a new method of introducing proteins to the body to improve wound healing.

The work of researchers from the Medical University of Gdańsk, the Gdańsk University of Technology and the University of Gdańsk, the invention is expected to help around 100,000 people in Poland who suffer from hard-to-heal wounds caused by diabetes, obesity and ageing. 

Named 'amplification-expression vectors' the method supplies special proteins to the wound that stimulate tissue regeneration.

The scientists say that next generation biological drugs are expected to be created based on this idea.

The Gdańsk team collaborated with scientists from the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology and two biotechnological companies - PRO SCIENCE Polska sp. z o.o. and MedVentures sp. z o.o.

The lead scientists from the Medical University of Gdańsk are Professor Arkadiusz Piotrowski from the Department of Biology and Pharmaceutical Botany and Professor Michał Pikuła from the Laboratory of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.

The leader of the team from the Gdańsk University of Technology was Professor Paweł Sachadyn from the Department of Molecular Biotechnology and Microbiology.

In total, the project results include 11 inventions, for which six national patents and one European patents have already been awarded.

The project was financed by the Polish National Centre for Research and Development. Find out more on the website.

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