Innovation

Soybeans Heal Skin in Innovative Medical Application

An emerging regenerative medicine development company, NeuEsse Inc., based in Pennsylvania, in the eastern U.S., has developed a soy-based product for healing skin. OmegaSkin promotes skin healing and regeneration with less scarring, according to the company.1

Soy protein is spun into a mesh patch that can be applied to wounds as a bandage or “no touch” with a spray device. The lightweight protein material bandage uses innovative technology and helps skin regenerate over burns and other skin trauma. According to NeuEsse, OmegaSkin can be used for ulcers, burns, and serious acute and chronic wounds that have difficulty closing.2

“This skin substitute will change the future of medicine due to efficacy, affordability and acceptability,” says NeuEsse Inc. founder Joe Connell in a news release. “We believe the product will be acceptable to millions of patients whose religions or cultures presently prohibit the use of skin substitutes derived from cadavers, pigs and cows. A plant-based skin substitute will bridge this gap.” 1

The concept was invented by Dr. Peter Lelkes, chairman of Temple University’s Bioengineering Department, and NeuEsse has licensed the technology from the university. 1

“OmegaSkin costs less than other products on the market due to the source of the technology – protein from a common soybean,” Connell continues in the news release. “We intend to make it available to third world countries presently unable to afford our competitors.” 1

The company is also targeting military applications and nursing homes as markets that would benefit from this unique, soy-based medical technology. 2

Sources:

1 Soybeans Saving Skin in Fayette County, Fayette County, Pa., January 30, 2020.

2 NeuEsse Overview, www.neuesse.com, February 7, 2020.

USSEC Staff Writer
USSEC Staff Writer

Staff Writer

U.S. Soybean Export Council

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