MICROBIAL CELLULOSE USED AS MEDICAL WOUND DRESSING

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$97,500.00
Award Year:
1997
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NR04547-01
Agency Tracking Number:
39499
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Xylos Corporation
1223 PEOPLES AVE, Troy, NY, 12189
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
SERAFICA, GONZALO C
() -
Business Contact:
(518) 276-2238
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The objective of the project is to develop an improved medical wound dressing product using microbially derived cellulose. Given the unique properties of microbial cellulose (extreme hydrophilicity, high strength, excellent shape retention, biodegradable) and Xylos Corporation's ability to produce the material at very low cost and right configuration, a wide range of medical applications are possible such as wound dressings, ulcer dressings, burn dressings, temporary skin, surgical wipes, tissue/organ drapes, cold packs, super absorbents, etc. The specific aim of the project at this phase is to develop a prototype wound dressing that has better absorption characteristics, better structural properties, and lower costs than existing wound dressing products. Research will focus on developing an improved drying procedure to improve the absorption characteristics of the prototype dressing. Three different types of drying methods will be tested. The absorption characteristics, structural integrity and microcellular structure of the wound dressing will be studied. The optimum drying method of the prototype dressing will then be selected. The research will not only enlarge the application potential for the present wound dressing product but will also increase the possibilities of applying microbial cellulose to other medical applications listed above.

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