Team of researchers working on artificial blood platelets.
Anirban Sen Gupta, left, and his team of researchers.

Engineering’s Anirban Sen Gupta explains his research about synthetic blood

Making blood in the lab
Drug Discovery NewsAnirban Sen Gupta, professor of biomedical engineering, added his expertise to a wide-ranging discussion about synthetic blood and blood projects. He and his research team have  developed synthetic platelets that mimic natural processes to staunch persistent bleeding in people with severe injuries or platelet deficiencies. These products work together with the body’s natural coagulation mechanisms to augment clotting activity during uncontrolled blood loss. “The clot promotion is an important part because unless you seal the bleeding wound, no matter what you give that person, they’re just going to bleed out,” Sen Gupta said.