Project: 3D Printed Biomarine Wound Healing Accelerant

Acronym AquaHeal3D (Reference Number: 151)
Duration 01/01/2020 - 31/12/2022
Project Topic This project combines all renewable, marine sourced products to create a 3D printed wound healing medical device. We will incorporate Regenics’ bioactive substances from unfertilized salmon roe, HTX, into a topical wound healing dressing (class III medical device) for chronic hard-to-heal wounds. The components of the entire wound-healing device have a marine origin. The bioactive ingredient, HTX, is a patented (EPO patent granted December 2018) purified heat-stable component of unfertilized salmon roe cytoplasm; HTX has strong skin regenerative and anti-inflammatory activity. The project will deliver a 3D printed, bioactive, clinical safety-tested dressing, ready for clinical study in patients. No dressings with integrated skin regenerating and anti-inflammatory properties are available. Therefore, Regenics’ wound healing innovation is groundbreaking in advanced wound care. HTX has skin regenerative effects demonstrated in human explanted skin; these results have led to significant intrest from one of the top 5 global wound healing companies in 2015. A successful project will provide a unique opportunity for the consortium to sign licensing agreement(s) with one or more of these companies. This will create jobs in the marine and healthcare sectors. HTX is versatile allowing inclusion in wound devices – including, patches, 3D-printed patches, sprays and creams. The present consortium will create a bioactive wound-healing patch with entirely renewable marine organisms: the patch is composed of 3D printed alginate and cellulose from seaweed and tunicates; the backing to the patch, alginate, originates from seaweed; and the bioactive HTX originates from salmon roe. The consortium consists of academic and industry partners that are leaders in their respective fields; having a history of academic and industrial success.
Project Results
(after finalisation)
As HTX is a proteinaceous liquid, one of the project's main deliverable will be a successful 3D printed HTX dressing that optimized for scaledup production. The dressing will be a soft patch with integrated dry HTX. The patch will retain the beneficial no glue/no wound adherence capacity similary to Safetac® technology. Retention of absorptive capacity of the dressing, as well as alignment to the existing production line of a commercial partner, are key deliverables of the project. The final milestone is a successful clinical safety study with a 3D printed HTX dressing. Immediately following this project is a clinical efficacy study in patients.
Network BlueBio
Call 1st BlueBio Joint Call

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Regenics Coordinator Norway
2 Charles River Laboratories Copenhagen A/S Partner Denmark
3 Research Institutes of Sweden Partner Sweden