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Approved project for funding by the Science Fund

Unleashing Nature’s Potential: Using Grape Skin Extract and Sustainable Materials for Advanced Chronic Wound Therapy (acronym GraSP_MAT).

The Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia announced a public call for applications for scientific research projects within the PROMIS program, where is researchers from the Institute of Information Technologies and the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Kragujevac were granted funding for the project under the title: Unleashing Nature’s Potential: Using Grape Skin Extract and Sustainable Materials for Advanced Chronic Wound Therapy (acronym GraSP_MAT). The implementation of this project will start in January 2024. Over the next two years, the dedicated team behind GraSP_MAT will work diligently to realize their innovative ideas.

GraSP_MAT project introduces and tests a novel solution for chronic wound (CW) therapy: antioxidant and antimicrobial hydrogels with controlled release of grape skin extract’s bioactive compounds, which will promote rapid wound healing. The novelty of the GraSP_MAT concept reflects in providing eco-friendly and financially feasible bioactive hydrogels which would accelerate wound healing, significantly improve the patients’ quality of life, and reduce burden on the healthcare system. GraSP_MAT will represent a safer alternative in CW management compared to available treatment strategies and propose a novel circular economy solution for valorisation of grape skins which remain as waste from the wine industry.

The GraSP_MAT initiative will facilitate the integration of Serbian capabilities in research, development, and innovation into worldwide patterns. The novel concept of transforming waste into sustainable wound dressings will propel this research to the forefront of international endeavours to implement biotechnological remedies for the purpose promoting sustainability in various sectors, primarily medicine and pharmacy.

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