Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Technology imitating life

23.02.2006


Scientists from Leicester have discovered a radical new approach to making artificial platelets to help stop bleeding in patients who have too few platelets of their own. This invention could be a major breakthrough for cancer patients suffering from severe or life threatening bleeding.



The development of this highly innovative product has been made possible thanks to a major funding round of £3.1m led by Quester, including investment from NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), and the East Midlands Regional Venture Capitalist Fund.

As well as providing money in this funding round, NESTA has played an important role in providing vital seed finance, bridging the gap between the two rounds.


Platelets are blood cells, essential for the blood to clot. When patients suffer from platelet deficiency, blood clots cannot form properly and this can lead to life threatening bleeding. This is a particularly serious problem for patients with leukaemia and those receiving cancer therapy.

The development of the Haemostatix artificial platelets - Haemoplax - has been driven by an urgent need to find a more cost effective, safer, virus-free alternative to platelet transfusion.

The transfusion of platelets prepared from blood donations by Blood Transfusion Services is currently the only available treatment. One big drawback of this method is the potential for passing on infectious agents from donors to recipients, and recently, concerns about the potential risk of transmission of CJD (human BSE) are threatening the supply of platelets for transfusion. Platelets are also expensive to produce, have a shelf life of only five days, and need to be screened to remove the risk of transmission of blood-borne viruses that cause hepatitis and HIV.

Mark White, NESTA Invention and Innovation Director, said: “NESTA is well placed to identify innovative companies at the earliest stage of development and we are delighted to now have Quester and the East Midlands Regional Venture Capital Fund on board as co-investors. They have recognised, along with us, that Haemostatix is a classic illustration of a British firm which is successfully exploiting world-class science.”

Haemostatix, a spin-out from Leicester University, was founded in 2003 by Sarah Middleton (CEO) and Professor Alison Goodall (CSO) in conjunction with the University of Leicester which played a crucial supporting role in the company’s early stages.

Joseph Meaney | alfa
Further information:
http://www.nesta.org.uk

More articles from Life Sciences:

nachricht Transport of molecular motors into cilia
28.03.2017 | Aarhus University

nachricht Asian dust providing key nutrients for California's giant sequoias
28.03.2017 | University of California - Riverside

All articles from Life Sciences >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: A Challenging European Research Project to Develop New Tiny Microscopes

The Institute of Semiconductor Technology and the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, both members of the Laboratory for Emerging Nanometrology (LENA), at Technische Universität Braunschweig are partners in a new European research project entitled ChipScope, which aims to develop a completely new and extremely small optical microscope capable of observing the interior of living cells in real time. A consortium of 7 partners from 5 countries will tackle this issue with very ambitious objectives during a four-year research program.

To demonstrate the usefulness of this new scientific tool, at the end of the project the developed chip-sized microscope will be used to observe in real-time...

Im Focus: Giant Magnetic Fields in the Universe

Astronomers from Bonn and Tautenburg in Thuringia (Germany) used the 100-m radio telescope at Effelsberg to observe several galaxy clusters. At the edges of these large accumulations of dark matter, stellar systems (galaxies), hot gas, and charged particles, they found magnetic fields that are exceptionally ordered over distances of many million light years. This makes them the most extended magnetic fields in the universe known so far.

The results will be published on March 22 in the journal „Astronomy & Astrophysics“.

Galaxy clusters are the largest gravitationally bound structures in the universe. With a typical extent of about 10 million light years, i.e. 100 times the...

Im Focus: Tracing down linear ubiquitination

Researchers at the Goethe University Frankfurt, together with partners from the University of Tübingen in Germany and Queen Mary University as well as Francis Crick Institute from London (UK) have developed a novel technology to decipher the secret ubiquitin code.

Ubiquitin is a small protein that can be linked to other cellular proteins, thereby controlling and modulating their functions. The attachment occurs in many...

Im Focus: Perovskite edges can be tuned for optoelectronic performance

Layered 2D material improves efficiency for solar cells and LEDs

In the eternal search for next generation high-efficiency solar cells and LEDs, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and their partners are creating...

Im Focus: Polymer-coated silicon nanosheets as alternative to graphene: A perfect team for nanoelectronics

Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are less stable. Now researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have, for the first time ever, produced a composite material combining silicon nanosheets and a polymer that is both UV-resistant and easy to process. This brings the scientists a significant step closer to industrial applications like flexible displays and photosensors.

Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

International Land Use Symposium ILUS 2017: Call for Abstracts and Registration open

20.03.2017 | Event News

CONNECT 2017: International congress on connective tissue

14.03.2017 | Event News

ICTM Conference: Turbine Construction between Big Data and Additive Manufacturing

07.03.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Researchers shoot for success with simulations of laser pulse-material interactions

29.03.2017 | Materials Sciences

Igniting a solar flare in the corona with lower-atmosphere kindling

29.03.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

As sea level rises, much of Honolulu and Waikiki vulnerable to groundwater inundation

29.03.2017 | Earth Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>