Platelet storage is limited to 5 – 7 days before there is a reduction in viable platelets. This results in a continual mismatch between supply and demand resulting in patients in remotes areas or those that have rare phenotypes missing out on platelets. It also results in the wastage of platelets because they expire before they can be used clinically. This project aims to extend the platelet shelf life beyond 7 days by developing biomimetic blood bag materials that reflect the natural molecular structures of blood vessels
through the use of novel synthetic and biological materials.