University of Wisconsin–Madison

Building A Better Band-Aid

A local medical start-up company is partnering with the School of Veterinary Medicine to develop the Band-Aid of tomorrow.

These futuristic wound dressings have an ultrathin membrane, potentially thinner than a single cell, laced with silver nanoparticles that bond directly to the cell surface rather than in the wound fluid. Like an antibiotic, silver fights off bacteria and fungi, but it is more readily accepted by the human body. Silver is gaining wide acceptance in the medical field because of its advanced healing properties and widespread applications, from organ transplants to wound care in military environments.

As always, our researchers continue to push the boundaries of human health by applying innovative thinking to traditional concepts in medicine.