Thursday, March 10, 2011

Congratulations Boettcher Investigator Melissa Reynolds, CSU Professor Receiving $1.3 Million Defense Grant

Quoting from the Colorado State University News & Information site:

"The Department of Defense has awarded a Colorado State University chemistry professor a three-year, $1.3 million grant to develop an artificial, wound-healing material for battlefield injuries. Melissa Reynolds, assistant professor and the only Boettcher Investigator at Colorado State, has developed a biodegradable polymer with healing properties – essentially a soft plastic – that could be used inside or outside the human body. The material contains nitric oxide, which is a naturally occurring substance within the body that can prevent infection while also promoting healthy cell growth. Reynolds and her team are in the early stages of developing a prototype, but eventually, the material will look like gauze in a first-aid kit. This gauze, however, will have additional biological materials to help heal more effectively."

Link to CSU News

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