TUCSON, Ariz., and GILROY, Calif., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Surgery at The
The agreement includes joint work in support of potential remedies and to identify effective ways to provide information and education to medical professionals and patients globally.
Diabetic foot ulcers are painful, open sores that develop on the feet of people with diabetes. If not diagnosed and treated promptly, diabetic foot ulcers can cause extensive damage to soft-tissue and bone that may necessitate amputation.
"This is a global problem that is profoundly affecting millions of people in the United States and throughout the world," said Dr. David Armstrong,
Estimates indicate people with diabetes have about a 25-percent lifetime risk for developing a foot ulcer; half of these ulcers become infected. Of these, 1 in 4 will undergo amputation, and one amputation is performed every 30 seconds around the world.
The UA Department of Surgery, Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Horacio Rilo, also a UA professor of surgery, have established a new laboratory and are conducting research in the areas of diabetes and prevention of limb amputations resulting from diabetic ulcers. Dr. Rilo also is director of cellular transplantation and co-director of the Arizona Diabetes Center at the UA.
The UA is collaborating with OmegaGenesis to address common goals in testing remedies to address foot ulcers, providing education and in reducing amputations related to foot ulcers.
"We are honored to be working with Dr. Armstrong, Dr. Rilo and their team at The University of Arizona's Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance," said Oostur Raza, CEO, OmegaGenesis. "Through this collaboration we hope to reduce the number of amputations that result from diabetic foot ulcers by increasing education in developing countries and bringing treatments that will address this global problem to market quickly."
OmegaGenesis is a biotechnology company that is developing innovative therapeutic angiogenesis applications based on its nano materials technology. The company is developing a treatment for diabetic foot ulcers based on novel nano materials that promote the growth of new blood vessels.
The joint agreement outlines three areas of potential study and work:
About the UA College of Medicine and SALSA
The Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) at the
Furthermore, the alliance assesses the impact of these maladies on society and, commensurately, the impact of potential treatments or assessment techniques. SALSA seeks to deliver practical clinical solutions to clinicians and their patients in the developed and developing world.
OmegaGenesis, Inc., is a nanotechnology company based in California and Minnesota. The company is the market innovator in nanotechnology-based angiogenesis and imaging solutions. Its solutions promote the growth of new blood vessels where needed to improve human health.
The company was founded in 2008 to bring Mayo Clinic-proprietary nanomaterial technology to the marketplace. The technology and products are based on the idea that controlling blood-vessel growth will improve human body management for a diverse set of medical applications, ranging from common wound healing to tissue reactivation.
OmegaGenesis is the pioneer in using nutrient enhancement through new capillary growth to heal wounds and activate dormant cells. Its research has led to production of nano-scale materials that work on the cellular and sub-cellular level to promote or inhibit angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels.
The company's mission emphasizes collaborative research in partnership with leading medical centers, rapid product design, development and validation. OmegaGenesis collaborates with academic and corporate research partners, as well as international partners, to create dual regulatory approval paths domestically and internationally. For additional information, please visit the OmegaGenesis corporate Web site at: www.omegagenesis.com
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