The utility of antibiotics to heal bacterial infections suffered a damage with the advent of multi-drug resistant pathogens, and it was high time for the researchers to develop other ways of curing such bacterial infections.
In this context, few scientists had developed a new biomaterial that can be used to heal the wounds and accelerate the process of healing. The same was used in mouse models for a trial run that proved to be successful. The research findings were published in the journal ‘Biomaterials Science’. The research work was done by a group of scientists from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi, IIT Delhi and National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar.
Proud to state that Dr. Amit Jaiswal, Associate Professor, IIT Mandi and an alumnus of Heritage Institute of Technology (HITK) B.Tech-Biotechnology, 2008 Batch had been a part of this research team which discovered such a wonderful way to disinfect wounds.
The newly made Biomaterial discovered by the scientists had been derived from polymer pullulan which is secreted by the fungus Aureobasidium pullulans. As told by Dr. Jaiswal that the use of biomedicine as an antimicrobial biomaterial had not been explored much.
Pullulan as a biomaterial is commercially used in food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry for its non-toxic, non-mutagenic and non-immunogenic properties. Moreover it is easy to manufacture as well.
The newly discovered biomaterial can be used in gel form as well. To get optimum result, the same can be used to make hydrogel-based wound dressings.
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