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.
“There’s really no way to quickly stop bleeding except to hold lots of gauze on a wound,” Landolina told The Post. “I thought if you could pour this gel into a wound, it would solidify and stop the bleeding.”
The smart student, who is attaining a bachelor’s degree in biomolecular and chemical engineering and a master’s in biomedical engineering, created the fairy substance with Isaac Miller, a 2013 NYU grad.
“Once 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,” 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.
“In all of our tests we found we were able to immediately stop bleeding,” says Landolina. “Your skin has this thing called the extracellular matrix,” he explains. “It’s kind of a mesh of molecules and sugars and protein that holds your cells in place.”
He says, “So 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 they’ll link together. It will re-assemble into something that looks like, feels like and acts like skin.”
“We use plant-derived versions of the polymers that make up your skin,” the whiz kid said. “If they go into a wound, they build on existing polymers. It’s like it tells your body to stop bleeding.”
The young genious revealed to reporters that he tested the cure on rats and bleeding was instantly stopped after slicing the rodents’ livers and carotid arteries. After his rat experiments, the smart student moved on — to a slab of fresh pork loin — to create a video demonstration.
“I went to my neighborhood butcher in Brooklyn and said I needed the freshest meat you have, and it was pork loin,” he said.
On the video, he cuts a deep slice into the pork while it’s being injected with “real pigs blood,” 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.
“It works in three ways,” says Landolina. “The first way is it works as a tissue adhesive,” he explains. “It actually holds its own pressure onto the wound so you don’t have to do it. Secondly, when it touches the blood, it does something called activating Factor 12.”
“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.”