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Católica project that aims to develop a substitute for human skin receives Alfredo da Silva Award

Thursday, July 6, 2023 - 07:57

The ReSkin project, which aims to develop a new substitute for human skin that can address its shortage in burn units, was distinguished with the Alfredo da Silva/COTEC Prize "Technological Innovation, Mobility and Industry".

This project will be developed by a team of researchers from the Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry of the Faculty of Biotechnology of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, in partnership with the company Cortadoria Nacional, and with the support of Hospital São João and CUF.

“The objective of ReSkin is to use rabbit skin to develop a decellularized matrix, that is, a highly preserved and functional biological material, with less need for immunosuppressants when implanted”, explains Ana Leite Oliveira, researcher at the Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry of the Faculty of Biotechnology of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (CBQF/ESB/UCP), adding: “this is an ambitious goal, which has not yet been fully addressed by the scientific community and which we want to achieve with this project”. For this purpose, over 24 months, the team of researchers will “develop a minimally aggressive method, which sterilizes and effectively removes the immunogenic material without damaging its properties or its bioactivity”.

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