LifeSprout - Less Painful Soft Tissue Reconstruction for Cancer Patients
Currently, for patients like breast cancer survivors who have had mastectomies, state-of-the-art reconstruction requires taking soft tissue from another part of the body, causing a lot of pain and suffering. LifeSprout - a startup formed by Johns Hopkins University engineers, scientists and clinicians - has developed a soft tissue replacement alternative that will benefit cancer and trauma patients and others cosmetically. A composite of hydrogel and suture-like, biodegradable nanofibers, the injectable product is cell-permeable, holding the volume of the space until new tissue grows in. The product then dissolves.