(304c) Engineering Materials for Clinical Application
Nerve Repair: Dr. Schmidt's technology for processing decellularized nerve tissue was licensed to AxoGen in Alachua, Florida (http://www.axogeninc.com) for the AVANCETM nerve graft. Many tens of thousands (~100,000) of AxoGen's AVANCETM grafts have been implanted in patients at hundreds of hospitals globally.
Post-surgical Wound Management: Using a novel in situ crystallization processing technique, Dr. Schmidtâs team created mechanically robust hyaluronic acid-based hydrogel films that can be easily handled, sutured, and delivered laparoscopically. This research is the basis of Alafair Biosciences, a start-up company in Austin, TX (http://www.alafairbiosciences.com), which is run by Dr. Schmidtâs PhD graduate and a neurosurgeon collaborator. Alafairâs first product, VersaWrapTM Tendon Protector, has been implanted in more than 500 patients since December 2017.