Leeds firm’s surgical sealant is a ‘world beater’

A sythetic surgical sealant developed by a Leeds-based medical device company has been described as a potential “world beater” this week.

Tissuemed’s sealant, called TissuePatch3 (TP3), uses a form of artificial self-adhesive film to prevent post-operative air leaks in lung surgery patients.

Deputy chairman of the firm, Nick Woods, said: “TP3 uses breakthrough technology that is attracting enormous attention since its launch at the European Cardiothoracic Surgery Meeting last year.

“We have great interest from the surgical community and have already established distributors in 25 countries. That number is growing all the time.”

He added that the TP3 is an “important platform technology” which, can be used in other surgical areas.

Due to the success of the product, Tissuemed has been shortlisted for the Yorkshire Forward Innovator 2008 award.

The winners of the award will be announced on March 5th at a “prestigious ceremony” at Leeds Town Hall.

Previously Tissuemed was the gold winner of the Medical Design Excellence Award in 2001.

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