Former NYU student, Joe Landolina, has made a tremendous discovery. Until now, there has been no product available that can almost instantly stop internal and external bleeding in an animal or human. Joe’s product, Veti-Gel, was initially invented as an NYU business school project. It has since snowballed into a ten-person company called Suneris which is bringing this invention to the medical world, starting with veterinarians.
Landolina, who now has a master’s degree in biomedical engineering, created this gel from plant derivatives called the extracellular matrix (ECM), a combination of proteins and sugars that assemble around cells and controls how they behave. When placed on a wound, the gel remarkably rebuilds itself into the pattern of the existing ECM. No matter what organ the product is applied to, it will take on those properties. If put next to the liver, for example, it will take on the properties of the liver. Furthermore, Veti-Gel also causes the body to produce fiber where it is applied, which is a necessary molecule in the blood clotting.
There are currently 1,600 veterinarian clinics waiting to use the product in clinical trials. Veti-Gel will then make its way into military and trauma facilities. Once approval for military and trauma use is authorized, Veti-Gel will launch in the human surgical market. Landolina believes there are a multitude of potential applications, from wound healing and burn treatment to stopping bleeds during vascular surgery and severe liver trauma. Trauma surgeons today just use gauze to try to control bleeding, and then resort to blood transfusions. Given that Veti-Gel actually stops the bleeding in less than ten seconds, and because of its array of usages, it could ultimately save millions of lives.