Tissuemed partners with Sheffield University to develop adhesive
9 February 2010
Leeds-based surgical sealant film manufacturer Tissuemed Ltd
is investing in ‘research expertise’ by sponsoring a PhD student from
the University of Sheffield’s world leading Polymer Centre.
Over the next three years student Annika Clifton will investigate
optimising the company's proprietary adhesive polymer technology for
different tissue applications.
Annika will have the goal of adapting Tissuemed’s technology to develop
a biodegradable membrane, which is modified to promote skin cell
adhesion to wound beds and promote angiogenesis, the growth of new blood
Tissuemed has already brought to market a range of very fine absorbable
films branded TissuePatch, which adhere to the body’s internal tissues,
preventing the leakage of air, blood or other fluids encountered in
the technology used in TissuePatch is more adhesive than competitor
surgical glues, is easy to apply, requires no preparation and is
effective within 30 seconds of contact. It works like a surgical
‘cling-film’ and has been optimised to address the very specific demands
of different surgical environments and tissue types.
This project has been designed to combine the expertise and experience
of the University of Sheffield’s Polymer Centre with Tissuemed’s team of
polymer scientists, the combination representing years of experience in
developing polymer technologies for different medical applications.
Although in its current guise the product works well as an adjunct to
wound closure, it does not actively stimulate new tissue growth within
the body and this is what the research project will focus on.
Tissuemed’s R&D Manager Dr Ian Thompson states: “We are delighted to be
working with this prestigious unit and highly expectant that the output
will contribute significantly to our understanding of the applications
for our technology beyond its current scope. We have a history of
developing new products and technologies and this programme will help
take us to the next level and potentially revolutionise key aspects of
surgery across the world.”
Sheffield Polymer Centre's Dr Steve Rimmer comments: “We are all very
excited about this new partnership, which combines around ten years of
our own academic work with Tissuemed’s reputation and experience in
getting products to market. I am sure we can make a real difference in
clinical practice in a relatively short timeframe.”