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National University of Singapore, Clearbridge set up nanofiber mesh spinout

By David Schwartz
Published: July 28th, 2010

Clearbridge Accelerator and National University of Singapore (NUS) Enterprise have established Clearbridge Nanomedics, an NUS spinoff that is developing a nanofiber mesh with applications in the cosmetic and wound management industries. Clearbridge Accelerator is the Singapore incubation arm of Clearbridge Partners, a Hong Kong-based VC. NUS Enterprise has granted Clearbridge Nanomedics an exclusive worldwide license for the underlying technology, which was developed by Professor Lim Chwee Teck and colleagues from the division of bioengineering and department of mechanical engineering at NUS.

The nanofiber consists of a bioresorbable and biocompatible polymer with mechanical, physical, and chemical properties that make it suitable for a wide range of medical applications. The first product the company aims to develop is a pliable, time-release facial mask that features a high-surface contact area. The technology could be applied to extended-wear facial masks, anti-aging stickers, or eye patches. The nature of the nanofibers mesh allows the mask to conform more closely to the skin’s surface and to encapsulate collagen or other skin-enhancing ingredients. Developing nanofibers with time-release properties also could allow the continuous delivery of compounds such as vitamins, sunscreen, or medication directly to the skin at an optimum rate or dosage. The company has identified distribution channels and is completing proof-of-concept testing on the technology.

Source: BioSpectrum

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