San Antonio, USA, September 15th 2014. Keraplast announced today that a $1.6M grant had been awarded to the research institute AgResearch for a programme of research focused on keratin based wound care. The four year programme, led by senior scientist Dr Stefan Clerens from the Proteins and Biomaterials Team will extend knowledge of the bioactive performance of keratin proteins in a wound healing environment leading to the development of more advanced and higher performance keratin wound care devices to better address unmet clinical needs in wound care.
Keraplast Technologies is the commercial partner in the programme and collaborators include scientists from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Dr Rob Kelly, Keraplast Technologies Chief Scientific Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer said “As the only company with keratin based wound care products in the market and in use in clinics around the world we are excited to be partnering with AgResearch in this scientific programme. We have consistently been at the forefront of keratin science and have a demonstrated track record of transforming that science into clinical benefits to make a difference to the lives of patients with unmet needs in wound care. This groundbreaking research from a world class team will ensure we maintain our position at the leading edge of applying keratin science in medicine.”
Dr Sonya Scott, key senior scientist in the programme, said “This is extremely exciting research, as it is a combinations of insight in biological modes of action and direct commercial application with real health outcomes. A core strength of AgResearch is the translation of excellent science into commercial outcomes, and working with the Keraplast team, and our collaborators at the University of Miami, will ensure that continues.”
Dr Stefan Clerens, Science Team Leader in the Proteins and Biomaterials Team added “The Protein and Biomaterials Team is world class in the field of keratin science and proteomics. Gaining the support from the government recognizes that expertise and gives us the foundation to further elucidate the biological mechanisms and performance of keratin proteins and peptides.”
The grant has been awarded under the High-Value Manufacturing and Services Research Fund as part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment and is for research commencing in October 2014.