EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – Representatives of
East Liverpool City Hospital are traveling to Iceland to collect footage of a biotechnology company
there using fish skin to repair injured tissue.
The research at
Kerecis – named the island nation’s fastest-growing startup in 2017
– focuses on how naturally occurring Omega3 polyunsaturated fatty
acids can be grafted onto damaged tissue, such as those arising from burns
or diabetes. When grafted onto human tissue, the fish skin uses the body’s
own cells to integrate the new tissue, reducing the recovery time for
closing open wounds. Omega3 cells are also naturally anti-inflammatory
and a pain reliever, further easing the recovery process.
“Our wound care team believes in treating each patient like family
and as such, we are driven to provide the most innovative wound care advancements
to our patients,” said East Liverpool City Hospital’s Amy
Cunningham, director of wound care, in a release. “We want our community
to have access to cutting edge wound care treatment protocols that are
offered in larger health systems.”
The process of grafting fish skin has already been used in the United States,
where it was used to help heal bears that had their paws burned during
last year’s wildfires in California.
Traveling to Iceland will be director of business development Rick Perez,
as well as part of the staff of
EM-Media, which handles the hospital’s marketing efforts. That team includes
owner Jim Emmerling, video producer Andy Peacock and production manager
“We are embarking upon a technology we feel will definitely benefit
the community we serve as we continue to provide award winning healthcare
to our community and region,” Perez said. “In order to capture
the true essence of this innovative process, we felt we had to experience
it in person and capture the creative footage from Iceland and bring it
back to East Liverpool.”
Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.