Robust Nanofiber Bandages for Closure of Open Globe Injuries

Period of Performance: 09/17/2015 - 04/16/2016

$100K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Luna Innovations, Inc.
301 1st St Suite 200
Roanoke, VA 24011
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Abstract

As the frequency and severity of ocular injuries sustained in recent conflicts continues to increase, there is a significant need for advanced bandages to stabilize the wound site and preserve visual acuity. Projectile injuries from IEDs commonly result in open globe injuries with significant tissue loss that may require the application of a graft or bandage to close the wound and preserve globe function until more permanent treatments can be applied. To address this need, Luna Innovations proposes the development of robust nanofiber bandages to be used for the closure of full-thickness corneal lacerations. These bandages will be optically transparent to enable visualization of the healing process, with physical and biological properties suitable for this rigorous application.