Researchers from Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology (CTH – Chalmers Tekniska Högskola) have elaborated on the making of futuristic hydrogel that can be used to heal wounds effectively. The hydrogel is defined as very much effective, against all varieties of bacteria. This also includes those bacterias that are antibiotic-resistant.
Small proteins called antimicrobial peptides are present in hydrogel materials, which naturally exist as an important part of the immune system. These antimicrobial peptides have various medical applications and are used over the years. But there is a problem that is consistent and is that fluids present in our body quickly break them down.
Recently a new study has been published which specifies a nanostructured hydrogel that eradicates this problem. Thus a material resulted in that, which is not much toxic, and can be used to straightly apply the antimicrobial peptides to the skin. Although hydrogel can be used in various products thus stored, researchers have the vision to use it primarily as effective for healing wounds.
AMFERIA to bring this futuristic hydrogel into the market
According to the university, the company AMFERIA AB has the vision to bring the hydrogel material into the market. This effort will need clinical studies, among other things. This material is under testing throughout European countries, also at multiple veterinary clinics and many clinical types of research are in progress.
The material and the vision behind it which is under development as a healer to antibacterial wounds created large interest around the world. This leads to the attraction of significant investment in this area. The company is working fast so that they can bring this hydrogel material into the market to benefit the wider community.
Hospitals and the general public because of such available materials get an option with antibiotics to get, protection from bacteria. And healing of wounds efficiently. These are also effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, by both treating them and reducing our dependence on the antibiotic that drives them. The Discovery of new material (futuristic hydrogel) gives great optimism for fighting against a growing global problem.
Martin Andersson, research leader for the study and Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the Chalmers University of Technology said that “after testing this new material on different species of bacteria they have observed very much effective results and it also includes those bacterias that are resistant to antibiotics.” He further added that “by using these peptides there are very low chances and risks that bacteria will be able to develop resistance against them, as these only harms the outermost membrane of bacteria.”
And this is probably the reason that they are interested to work with it. The World Health Organization already described antibiotic-resistant bacteria as one of the major threats to the health of humans. And to fight against many bacterial and viral diseases, antibiotics and particular drugs are not enough and thus the development of new sustainable technologies is required. Thus the development of futuristic hydrogel became more important.