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


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


Friday, 19 October 2012




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®ECM.  VitroGro®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®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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