Gemstone Biotherapeutics, which focuses on wound care, grew out of the research of Hopkins engineering professor Sharon Gerecht. The winner of Hopkins’ first-ever President’s Frontier Award, Gerecht’s work is focused on tissue repair.
The company’s first product is a hydrogel that’s designed to heal wounds, like third-degree burns. Treatment with the synthetic product stimulates blood vessels to form around the wound. Skin then grows back, and treatment with the product leads to the body to producing higher-than-normal amounts of proteins like collagen and elastin to prevent scarring.
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