Kimberly-Clark Worldwide donates intellectual property to Rensselaer

"This gift from Kimberly-Clark will take Xylos' product development to another level and allow us to offer a much more versatile product line," said Serafica. "The technology allows us to further enhance our planned product development and to potentially address markets and products that we were not previously able to consider."

"These protected supercritical drying patents, covering both material and process, will allow us to dramatically broaden our technology platform and expand our product portfolio," said Patrick A. McBrayer, CEO of Xylos. "Xylos believes this additional intellectual property will have immediate development potential for Xylos' topical and surgical products. Further, the combination of these new patents with Xylos' existing technology may lead to the ideal tissue engineering matrix."

Xylos' strategy is to make significant inroads in the health care industry. Its products perform like natural tissue and are being developed for use in topical and surgical medical applications. The company's long-range plans include wound-care dressings, implantable surgical devices, and tissue engineering.

As a Rensselaer graduate student, Serafica and Henry Bungay, professor of chemical engineering, invented the process to efficiently produce microbial cellulose. Rensselaer patented that process and licensed it to Xylos. Additionally, Johnson & Johnson licensed to Xylos the exclusive worldwide rights to its patents for using microbial cellulose in wound-care dressings. Xylos continues to augments its patent portfolio with additional patent applications.

Rensselaer's prominence in biomaterials and tissue engineering research makes it poised at a critical juncture for further industry-research and technology transfer opportunities. Rensselaer's Office of Technology and Commercialization has 80 active patents and more than 100 pending, according to Chuck Rancourt, the director. Additionally, the school has a strong history of indu

Contact: Megan Galbraith
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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