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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 blood for a decade to no avail. The DoD is in discussions with HemoBioTech of Dallas, Texas who may have solved the riddle. Previous attempts at developing blood substitutes resulted in problems with toxicity; however, the FDA has cited this technology (last April) at a blood substitute meeting as a promising new-generation strategy.
  • Another separate technology holds hope to dramatically help soldiers re-grow bone and tissue after traumatic injuries. Georgia Tech researchers have discovered that stem cells, when encapsulated in microbeads, can be injected and stay at injury sites for up to two months, eventually transforming into the cells which grow bone and tissue. The technology is currently in pre-clinical stages.

To learn more about advancements in the biotechnology industry related to care for our soldiers and the biotechnology industry in general, visit www.WhatCanBiotechDoForYou.com or www.IAmBiotech.org.

About WhatCanBiotechDoForYou.com

WhatCanBiotechDoForYou.com is part of a project sponsored by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), designed to foster a conversation with the general public about biotechnology and further educate people about the contributions of this innovative sector. For more in-depth information on biotech and the people behind the science, please visit our sister site - www.IAmBiotech.org.

SOURCE The WhatCanBiotechDoForYou campaign


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