The new innovation from Australian and American scientists is able to save lives in the ER, as it can heal wounds in 60 seconds
MeTro is the name of the new injectable glue containing tropaelastin, a protein that when activated by UV light can instantly seal wounds. Thanks to the product’s elasticity, MeTro can also be used for lungs and heart surgery.
Developed by Assistant Professor Nasim Annabi from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University in the U.S. in collaboration with biochemist Professor Anthony Weiss from the University of Sydney and Medical School Professor Ali Khademhosseini, director of the Biomaterials Innovation Research Center at Harvard, MeTro combines natural proteins that solidify when in contact with the tissue, taking the exact shape of the wound.
Tested on rodents and pigs, the glue is considered to be a medical breakthrough able to save countless lives in case of emergencies, such as car accidents, war wounds, or surgery. Nevertheless, future human testing is needed in order for the product to be certified.
The findings and product details were recently published in the Science Translational Medicine journal.