A quick seal for bleeding derived from shrimp and crab shells4 min read . Updated: 02 Sep 2019, 12:45 AM IST
- Leo Mavely’s search for an affordable, easy-to-use, fast-acting material to stop bleeding led him to chitosan
- He set up Axio Biosolutions in 2007 to make products with the polymer derived from crustacean shells
For close to 200 years, there’s been little change to a product that’s essential while dressing wounds—gauze, which is made from cotton. Now, a Bengaluru-based medtech startup has created rolled gauze with chitosan, a polymer derived from the shells of shrimp, crabs and other crustaceans. Chitosan has unique properties to bind with blood cells and stop bleeding in minutes.
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