College student invents a gel that stops bleeding on contact

A treatment that mimics the body's own wound-healing capabilities can be a lifesaver in hospitals, the battlefield and around the home.
Written by Tuan Nguyen, Contributor

A college student has invented a gel that he claims could stop bleeding -- instantly.

Apparently, the substance, dubbed Veti-Gel, works by activating the the body's natural blood-clotting mechanism and enabling the wound-healing process to go into effect immediately. Inventor Joe Landolina, an undergraduate at NYU, says he's tested his creation on wounded rats as well as a wounded person who suffered a severe burn injury.

"One of my other colleagues … he went to a bonfire. One of his friends fell into the fire and got second-degree burns," he told TechNewsDaily. "He put the gel on, and the next day it was healed."

Landolina designed Veti-gel to mimic a substance found within animal connective tissue known as the extracellular matrix, which not only does the important job of providing structural support to cells but is also responsible for kick-starting a chain reaction that produces fibrin, the proteins that come together to form blood clots.

To come up with a synthetic version of ECM, he extracted a material that functions similarly from special genetically-modified plants. When applied, the gel helps to seal the wound through a combination of enhanced blood clotting, platelet activation to help block the flow of blood as well as covering and putting pressure on the opening.

While there other treatments on the market, none offer Veti-Gel's distinct advantages. For instance, while the U.S. military already uses a material called QuikClot to force platelets to quickly form a clot, it takes longer and requires being applied with pressure. And while some of these alternatives need to be kept refrigerated, Veti-Gel works out of the tube at just about any temperature.

Landolina knows he's still a ways from a putting out a mass-market product. The third year bachelor's degree candidate has launched a startup and has been searching for an outside researcher to carry out independent tests on Veti-Gel. He's also exploring the possibility of testing Veti-Gel in collaboration with veterinarians. In the meantime, Landolina has applied for a patent, submitted his treatment to the FDA for approval and applied for a military grant to further development.

Looks like he's going to have a busy summer.

(Hat tip to Sean Captain over at TechNewsDaily)

Below is a video demonstrating Veti-Gel. Warning: it's bloody.

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