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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Disruptive technology prevents Left Ventricular remodelling post MI & promotes tissue regeneration. Product result of £10M EU investment & 5 years R&D. Biocompatible & Biodegradable product demonstrated pre-clinically in wide range of animal model.
Overview of Innovation:
Cardiac patch is a scaffold structure compatible with in-vitro cell seeding & cell culture used as a vector for cellular therapy in addition to structural support. Numerous applications include curettage & cardiac transmural use in addition to soft tissue engineering such as hernias & vein repair. Scaffold composition comprises poly(caprolactone), alginate & composites thereof with natural polymers such as chitosan & alginate fibroin decorated with a synthetic peptidic hydrogel. Porosity can be tailored with pore range of 10-250µm, permitting angiogenesis and cell seeding. Although the biomaterial can be used independently as a medical device for prosthetic applications, its main tissue engineering function is to enhance cell attachment, growth & differentiation. An extension of the device is its functionalisation with cell signalling agent capacity providing the scaffold with extracellular matrix like micro-environment. Polymeric self-assembled structure is composed of but not limited to peptidic or polyurethane amphiphiles & can be loaded with chemical & biological cues covalently or via entrapment.

To initiate regeneration, the biomaterial must encourage in-vivo revascularisation & promote integration with host tissue. Concurrently, it should biodegrade at the same rate that newly formed tissue replaces it, being removed from the body by natural metabolic pathways without toxic by-products.

The patch provides both a temporary mechanical support to the infarcted myocardium preventing further damage to the surrounding tissue and prevents aneurism formation in the infarcted area whilst regeneration take place

Myocardial infarct treatment
Device can be used for in-vitro & in-vivo applications. Both parts of the device can be loaded with cell signalling agents or drugs for research & clinical use. Fibre based secondary drug delivery structure allows multiple growth factor/drug release with different release profiles as a direct tool for gel functionalisation with patient blood components in-vivo.

The system’s mechanical properties match the tissue it replaces. 3D hydrophobic/hydrophilic scaffold provides mechanical support to a gel that acts as scaffold plasticizer & provides an hydrophilic interface with host environment. The gel can also collect cell signalling agents from its immediate environment. The electrospun fibre based drug delivery system can additionally be used as a complementary tool to the gel for loading with cell signalling agents, drugs etc
Stage of Development:
Evaluation stage - Representative model or prototype system developed and can be effectively evaluated
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Hello - I have forwarded a link of this to the  Industry lead at the Clinical Research Network and I will see if she has any contacts locally that may be interested in pursuing this further.
Thanks,  Lucy
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