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Nano fibre skin substitute technology could treat chronic wounds cost effectively

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22 April 2022

A Bicester-based company which has developed an advanced but low-cost nano fibre skin substitute technology to treat chronic wounds, is seeking angel investment to continue development.

Partners in Global Wound Care (PGWC), which has previously also won Innovate UK funding, aims to improve global equity and access in health-care by providing economically accessible and practical solutions to universal needs.

Globally approximately 116 million people suffer from chronic wounds with the healing process often impeded by multiple factors including diabetes, poor circulation and infection. Growth in this patient population is driven by increasing rates of diabetes, obesity and circulatory diseases and the vast majority of patients outside the US do not have access to the most effective treatments due to cost and lack of accessiblity.

PGWC's nano-X is a revolutionary skin substitute technology for chronic wounds, designed to address this unmet need. Its developers say it is
low-cost and manufacturable at scale, antimicrobial and practical for application in non-hospital settings and as importantly, easy to store and transport avoiding the need for low-temperature storage.

Nearly 90 per cent of commercially available skin substitute products are targeted at the US market and are unavailable to patients outside this market due to thier prohibitive cost.

PGWC is not attempting to gain market share through competing with existing technologies in the US. It plans to create an entirely new market segment with a product developed specifically to address the issue of accessibility of advanced wound care at a fraction of the cost of existing products.

The company, which has two granted patents with further IP protection through patents pending and trade secret proprietary manufacturing methodology, is a winner of the prestigious Eureka Eurostars grant in 2021 and the team is led by scientists at leading universities including Harvard, Michigan State, Max Planck Institute and a management team with extensive experience in wound care technologies.

PGWC is currently developing industrial-scale product and implementation of QMS, leveraging Eurostars grant funding for product development.


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Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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