Obtained from organic waste, human tissue for burns
To be used directly on patients they must be eight years of age or older
Monterrey Tech is developing a biopolymer that acts as a protective antibacterial in burns
MEXICO CITY – In order to provide relief to those who have suffered burns, researchers at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey Campus, working on the implementation of a biodegradable biopolymer that is capable of promoting regeneration tissue.
The material produced in this university is a membrane prepared to act as a protective antibacterial for chemically damaged skin. According to the teacher Mayra Gabriela Brito Charles, project participant, the biopolymer extracted from organic waste. For this, the team has developed a chemical process (currently being patented) through which the material obtained and subjected to chemical processing and washing to remove proteins and other compounds.
The intent of this procedure, the researcher said, is to remove any components which could lead to rejection by the recipient’s body. Besides that the process is optimized to use a minimum amount of water and obtain the biopolymer in the shortest possible time from this material, he explained. The membranes are formed in different sizes with different textures, which are placed over the injured area to accelerate tissue regeneration.
By having a positive charge attracts the biopolymer cells instead of negative. Brito Charles said tests performed so far in cell cultures to determine the time at which the tissue is regenerated and the biodegradation, but noted that the material is different from those on the market which are completely artificial and biocompatible.
He also indicated they expect to test as soon as relevant evidence in animals of animal facilities of the School of Medicine Hospital Medical Center San Jose, the Tecnológico de Monterrey.
However, he acknowledged that the membranes can be used directly on patients who must be over eight years of age, where further tests and meet the guidelines of the Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks (Cofepris).
In addition to this development, the Tec team is working on the creation of another biopolymer that fulfills the same features, but its structure serves as a scaffold for cell culture, which at first instance would be used in the reproduction of soft or hard tissue. It should be noted that both projects have involved by Dr. Jorge Armando Cortez and teacher Rocio Ramirez Gosch Ingram. Thanks to these biopolymers, Protechi created the company, which will market the products and which is the executive director Charles Brown.