Artificial skin-making technology for sale following collapse of
18 December 2011
Kent, UK. An automated process for manufacturing artificial
skin is up for sale following the liquidation of the developer, The
The Ideas Studio developed an automated manufacturing process for
Smart Matrix, an artificial skin product owned by the Restoration of
Appearance and Function Trust (RAFT).
Smart Matrix acts like a second skin and could revolutionise the
treatment of burns and ulcers. Once placed over a wound, it supports
the growth of a network of functioning blood vessels. Unlike other
methods, it leads to the regrowth of the dermis, the lower layer of
skin, encouraging rapid healing and allowing the treatment of more
extensive wounds than ever before.
Whilst RAFT owns the rights to the Smart Matrix product, the
prototype manufacturing robot, the Skin Bio Reactor, is now up for
sale, together with a half share in the patent application for the
automated manufacturing process.
Charterfields director Roger Cutting, who is leading the sale,
said: “The potential now exists for an investor, or inventor, to
purchase the rights held by The Ideas Studio and work with RAFT to
continue towards the commercial automation of production.”
Also for sale is a half share in the existing UK patent for the
Small Mammal System, which creates a stress-free environment for the
biometric measurement of mice in scientific environments, and which
was designed in cooperation with Cambridge University. The product
has been fully developed and is ready for sale, at around £250,000
per unit, to scientific institutions worldwide.
Roger Cutting added: “These could be excellent opportunities for
investors, or medical technology businesses, to expand their
portfolios with products that offer huge potential for growth.”
The liquidators, the KSA Group, have appointed asset valuation
specialists Charterfields to sell the intellectual property assets.