Hail to the Fake Skin

Maryland researchers tapped to develop synthetic skin for burn victims

By Andy Salsman
|  Friday, Nov 12, 2010  |  Updated 8:45 AM EDT
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Hail to the Fake Skin

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You’ve heard of an artificial heart and artificial limbs. But what about artificial skin?

Some Maryland researchers are hard at work on it.

The Swiss biotechnology company Lonza Group Ltd. is receiving more than $18 million from the federal government to develop a skin substitute. The work will be done at Lonza’s facilities in Walkersville, Md.

The product will be known as PermaDerm and it could help soldiers and civilians with severe burns over at least half of their bodies.

A Lonza spokeswoman said clinical trials could begin early next year at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.

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