|Making blood in the lab|
Drug Discovery News: Anirban 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.