Biomimetic blood bag materials for prolonged platelet storage

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.

 

 

 

Project team

Associate Professor Megan Lord
Faculty of Engineering
Professor John Whitelock
Faculty of Engineering

Project collaborators: External

Australian Red Cross Blood Service
Australian Red Cross Blood Service

Key contact

Faculty of Engineering
+61 2 9385 3910
m.lord@unsw.edu.au