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Space research institute awards funding to promising medical products
Date:7/26/2012

HOUSTON (July 26, 2012) Two small U.S. companies are the recipients of the 2012 Space Medicine and Related Technologies Commercialization Assistance Program (SMARTCAP) award. ACell, Inc., of Columbia, Md., and Enterade USA LLC of Newberry, Fla., each received a $100,000 SMARTCAP award to help in moving their health care products toward commercialization as they address unmet health needs in space and on Earth. SMARTCAP is a new competitive program launched by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute's (NSBRI) Industry Forum.

ACell and Enterade will use the awards to address wound healing and the effects of radiation exposure in space, respectively.

"By developing new unique solutions for medical care in space, we are also making an impact on health care on Earth," said Dr. Dorit Donoviel, NSBRI deputy chief scientist and Industry Forum lead. "NSBRI's mission is to ensure astronaut health and use the knowledge and technologies developed for humans in space to improve life on Earth. The NSBRI Industry Forum engages the private sector in providing solutions for human spaceflight. Because the bar is set high for medical care in space, technologies developed for space generally possess unique features that translate to a competitive commercial advantage in Earth markets."

ACell has utilized its proprietary extracellular matrix (ECM) technology to manufacture dressings trademarked as MatriStem to improve wound healing. With the SMARTCAP award, ACell will develop a new gel formulation that is more appropriate for spaceflight and also expand the applications of the product on Earth.

"ACell appreciates the opportunity provided by SMARTCAP, which will enable us to advance our platform technology and develop the next-generation wound-healing device used to aid humans in space as well as patients here on Earth," said Rodney Bosley, ACell president.

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Contact: Brad Thomas
rbthomas@bcm.edu
713-798-7595
National Space Biomedical Research Institute
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