Start-Up Previews (01/07)
A preview of the emerging health care companies profiled in the current issue of Start-Up. This month's profile groups are "Treating Traumatic Brain Injury," with profiles of Banyan Biomarkers, NeuroPharma AB, and RemeGenix; and "Can Stents Pull Off a Disappearing Act?," with profiles of Amaranth Medical, Bioabsorbable Therapeutics, and TissueGen Plus these Start-Ups Across Health Care: Design Medical, Kythera Biopharmaceuticals and Plethora Solutions.
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With technology developed at Nanyang Technological University. Amaranth has entered into an increasingly competitive race involving start-ups with their eyes on a considerable prize-the creation of a vascular stent composed of biodegradable polymers.
Bioabsorbable Therapeutics, a start-up built around technology developed at Rutgers University, expects to begin conducting clinical trials on its bioabsorbable stent. The company, which is constructing the stents with polymers that contain non-sterioidal anti-inflammatories, is targeting the coronary market.
TissueGen, a start-up spun out of the University of Texas, is developing a bioabsorbable stent that permits the delivery of hydrophilic, or water soluable, therapeutics. If successful the sent would open up the door for a whole new family of drugs to be delivered via a stent.