The Temple Bioengineering Department has been working on a new type of bandage for the medical community.
Professor Jonathan Gerstenhaber, an assistant professor in Temple’s college of bioengineering, along with students and faculty, has created a 3D printed bandage made from soy proteins named NeuEsse, to print an individual bandage directly onto a wound.
NeuEsse uses electrospinning technology, an organic fiber, to create a protective layer on your skin. Professor Gerstenhaber developed the invention to enhance healing, stop bleeding and protect from scarring.
“From a handheld device, I can actually apply it to patients that have complex wounds, large areas, non-flat, it can be your face your nose, your knee, it doesn’t have to be any natural shape, that you can apply directly,” Professor Gerstenhaber told Temple Update.
Joseph Connell, CEO of NeuEsse, partnered with Temple University to test and make available this new device.
“If this soybean skin from Temple University proves right and if we heal wounds with hair intact molecule wounds and sweat glands, for better appearance, its going to mean a lot to patients and Temple University,” Joseph Connell said.
The next step for NeuEsse is to connect with local partners to be placed in hospitals, doctors offices or in your medicine cabinet.