Eqalix plans to leverage these technologies to develop and commercialize: a) plant protein-based nano-fiber scaffolds for use in aesthetic dermatology and wound healing markets; b) small-diameter hybrid vessels that reduce graft thrombogenicity and promote the creation of a functional endothelium after implantation; and c) three-dimensional tissue scaffolds with tunable properties for tissue and organ replacement and repair.
The technologies move the bar higher and intend to replicate the function of damaged, diseased or aging tissues by providing “implants” or scaffolds that are non-immunogenic, bio-compatible, and intended to restore the features and function of the damaged tissue by using the body’s own repair mechanisms. Eqalix is attempting to create skin without scarring and contraction, blood vessels without clotting, repair of injured nerves and organ beyond current capabilities.
“These lofty goals, although seemingly futuristic, are in the immediate realm of scientific possibilities today --- and at Eqalix,” said Connell.
Temple’s new bioengineering department was established in January 2012. Housed in the College of Engineering, Temple’s fastest growing college, the department seeks to provide a well-rounded, in-depth education and a world-class research experience at the interface of engineering, the life sciences and medicine, with the goal of promoting scientific discovery, as well as the development of new technologies that will benefit humanity.
Eqalix, Inc. is a privately held Virginia based
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