New York University brainy student Joe Landolina has coocked up a gel that can instantly halt bleeding in even the most serious of wounds.
Joe Landolina, 20, Ulster County native-born, claims that his Veti-Gel almost immediately closes and begins healing even serious wounds to internal organs and key arteries, The New York Post reports.
â€śThereâ€™s really no way to quickly stop bleeding except to hold lots of gauze on a wound,â€ť Landolina told The Post. â€śI thought if you could pour this gel into a wound, it would solidify and stop the bleeding.â€ť
The smart student, who is attaining a bachelorâ€™s degree in biomolecular and chemical engineering and a masterâ€™s in biomedical engineering, created the fairy substance with Isaac Miller, a 2013 NYU grad.
â€śOnce I realized this was what I wanted to do, I would spend nights in the library, reading about polymer science and about the biology of a wound,â€ť he said.
The lifesaving gel is a version of something called the extracellular matrix, which makes up the connective tissue that helps hold animal bodies together.
â€śIn all of our tests we found we were able to immediately stop bleeding,â€ť says Landolina. â€śYour skin has this thing called the extracellular matrix,â€ť he explains. â€śItâ€™s kind of a mesh of molecules and sugars and protein that holds your cells in place.â€ť
He says, â€śSo it goes into the wound and the pieces of the synthetic ECM in the gel will recognise the pieces of the real ECM in the wound and theyâ€™ll link together. It will re-assemble into something that looks like, feels like and acts like skin.â€ť
â€śWe use plant-derived versions of the polymers that make up your skin,â€ť the whiz kid said. â€śIf they go into a wound, they build on existing polymers. Itâ€™s like it tells your body to stop bleeding.â€ť
The young genious revealed to reporters that he tested the cure on rats and bleeding was instantly stopped after slicing the rodentsâ€™ livers and carotid arteries. After his rat experiments, the smart student moved on â€” to a slab of fresh pork loin â€” to create a video demonstration.
â€śI went to my neighborhood butcher in Brooklyn and said I needed the freshest meat you have, and it was pork loin,â€ť he said.
On the video, he cuts a deep slice into the pork while itâ€™s being injected with â€śreal pigs blood,â€ť he explains.
The blood initially flows freely, but soon it stops after Landolino applies the gel and a second liquid, which speeds coagulation, bringing the bloodshed to a sudden stop.
â€śIt works in three ways,â€ť says Landolina. â€śThe first way is it works as a tissue adhesive,â€ť he explains. â€śIt actually holds its own pressure onto the wound so you donâ€™t have to do it.Â Secondly, when it touches the blood, it does something called activating Factor 12.â€ť
“We haven’t entered formal talks, but I’ve been talking to a few officials in the military who really like the product,” Landolina told the website. “I’ve spoken to [the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency] about it. We’re definitely looking at the military as one of our main customers.”