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Biotechnology Salutes America's Veterans; Innovations Continue to Offer Improved Treatment and Care of Combat Troops
Date:11/11/2009

On-the-battlefield surgical sealants, advancements in blood substitutes and stem cell treatments for bone and tissue re-growth

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The WhatCanBiotechDoForYou campaign saluted American veterans across the country today for their service in defense of the United States. The biotechnology industry has consistently supported these brave men and women, both veterans and current soldiers, through innovative breakthroughs in medical treatment on and off the battlefield. Today, these innovations include on-the-battlefield surgical sealants, advancements in blood substitutes and stem cell treatments for bone and tissue re-growth after traumatic injuries.

A WhatCanBiotechDoForYou campaign spokesperson said today, "Today every American honors the commitment and sacrifices made by our veterans in defense of the United States. We are proud to be at the forefront of lifesaving treatments for our heroes wounded in action and will continue to honor their dedication to us with our dedication to advancing the biotechnologies needed to care for them."

The WhatCanBiotechDoForYou campaign outlined many of these advancements today in a post on its website, www.whatcanbiotechdoforyou.com. They include:

  • BioFoam, a surgical sealant developed by Georgia-based CryoLife, seals large, life-threatening wounds almost immediately on the battlefield. The substance is contained in a two-chamber applicator and upon contact, expands five-fold into a foam which sets within 15 to 20 seconds and reaches full bonding strength within two minutes. The research is currently in animal trials and testing.
  • The military has worked for an alternative to human b
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