[ASC-list] Brisbane 12 pm today AIBN Seminar

Jayne Keane jayne.keane at qm.qld.gov.au
Fri Oct 19 00:15:31 UTC 2012


 

 

 

AIBN SEMINAR SERIES 2012:

 

Presenter:

Professor Zee Upton, Assistant Dean (Research), Faculty of Health,
Queensland University of Technology

Title:

Taking a wound healing product from discovery to market  - the trials
and tribulations!

Date:

Friday, 19 October 2012

Time:

12:00pm

Venue:

Physiology Lecture Theatres (Building 63) - Lecture Theatre 360

 

Abstract: The incidence of chronic wounds, such as diabetic,venous and
pressure ulcers, is on the increase due to association with the
increasingly ageing population and the sharp rise in diabetes and
vascular disease. With few cost-effective and viable chronic wound
treatments available to clinicians, patient outcomes have been poor,
placing additional financial pressures on the healthcare system. Recent
statistics indicate chronic wounds in the Australian elderly population
consume $2.6 billion of the health care budget while diabetic wound
treatment makes up 30% of the treatment costs for diabetes. Innovative,
cost-effective and safe therapies that can be used in primary care
settings are urgently needed, as current treatments for chronic wounds
tend to be only moderately effective. This is often due to a lack of
good basic science to underpin the product.  

 

Over the past decade researchers at the QUT Tissue Repair and
Regeneration Program have developed a novel, cost-effective, innovative
wound therapy, VitroGro(r)ECM.  VitroGro(r)ECM is a synthetic biomimetic
scaffold developed from protein sequences known to provide attachment
sites for skin cells in the normal extracellular matrix (ECM). By
replacing the degraded ECM on a wound with a functional scaffold that
guides cell attachment, the cycle of wound chronicity can be broken and
normal healing processes initiated. Following successful large-scale
cGMP manufacturing and clinical trials, VitroGro(r)ECM will soon be
available for sale once CE Mark is granted by the British Standards
Institute. This presentation will describe the trials and tribulations
of progressing this discovery from a "band on a gel" to a "treatment in
a box".

 

 


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