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UCL licences research to Collagen Solutions for next generation collagen products
Date:6/10/2014

UCL Business, the wholly-owned technology transfer company of UCL, has concluded an exclusive licencing agreement with Collagen Solutions the developer and manufacturer of medical grade collagen components for use in regenerative medicine, medical devices and in-vitro diagnostics for a breakthrough platform technology for the production of stronger, more durable, living collagen-based 'tissues'.

Generated in the laboratory of Professor Robert Brown (UCL Orthopaedics), the core patent already granted in the USA is for an innovative rapid fabrication platform which will make it possible to produce strong graft-like tissues within hours, instead of the weeks it takes currently.

Using the novel process covered by the license, the production process creates collagen materials with a significant range of additional clinical applications in the replacement of tissues such as skin, tendon, bone and even cartilage, blood vessels and nerve conduits.

The most significant advantage of these natural, living materials are their physical strength and rapid speed of production. This means that surgeons will be able to implant them immediately, whilst at the same time they have the potential to have the novel collagen-based products customised to the precise needs of the patient and their injury.

From a business and manufacturing perspective, there is also the advantage that the collagen sources used for these materials are many times more efficient than current comparable collagen feed-stocks. These advantages will inevitably assist other areas of clinical research into technologies for rapid and specific fabrication of novel tissues using bio-lamination or 3D bio-printing which are presently very difficult due to the lack of suitable support materials.

It is envisaged that this platform technology will enable the creation of a new generation of collagen based tissue replacements for use in a far wider patient populati
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Contact: Henry Rummins
h.rummins@ucl.ac.uk
University College London
Source:Eurekalert

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