SkinKer – Absorbable and wearable keratin-based nanofibers for wound healing and skin reconstruction

Funding body
SME Instrument Phase 1

A lot of efforts is being put lately on the development of active wound care products.
The use of keratin in dressings for dermal injury (such as a burn injury) could support skin reconstruction and would healing. However, so far this has not been possible due the low quality of keratin and the major hurdles for manufacturing water-based formulations. KerLine a proprietary method to fabricate nanofibrous dressings for biomedical applications through electrospinning technique starting from hydrosoluble keratin and active ingredients in water solution.
Kerline dressings offer: i) a complete coverage of the injured tissue adhesion; ii) a protection against infections and dehydration with air permeation and iii) the delivery of drugs (e.g. antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agents) to the wound.

substitUtioN in polymers

Antimony is one of the most relevant critical raw materials (CRM), with a high substitution index for supply risk and for economic importance. Approximately 43% of antimony in the form of antimony trioxide (ATO) is used in the production of flame retardants. Within the range of products that are under development by Kerline, FullKer™ P has been identified as valuable product line of cutting-edge keratin based polymer additives with flame-retardant, barrier enhancer and heavy metals scavenger properties for use in automotive, ICT and packaging applications. FullKer™ P aims to constitute a bio-based solution achieved through a circular economy approach to substitute ATO or inorganic flame- retardant materials
in order reinforce poliolefins.

ADMA2 – Practical training
between Academia and Industry
during doctoral studies

ADMA2 project aims to foster collaboration and information sharing between academia and industry by
supporting practical training periods of PhD-students within Kerline’s facilities. New research capacities are rapidly transferred into the advantage of business life by creating symbiosis-kind relationships between cooperating parties. As an overall effect of the interaction, new generation of products and production processes are stimulated, where harmful materials are substituted and/or the production
processes systematically improved, for instance, according to the principles of quality philosophies like Circular Economy, Lean Six Sigma, Green Chemistry and Engineering. ADMA2 points to circumstances where less waste (e.g. over-processing, waiting, transferring and storing) is generated in industries and
products are designed for quality and their recyclability considered already in the product development phase of their lifecycle.