CSU chemistry professor wins innovation award

A CSU chemistry professor and her startup Diazamed won a 2013 TechConnect National Innovation Award for research on materials to speed wound healing, CSU said Tuesday.

The award from TechConnect also recognizes Melissa Reynolds, assistant professor of Chemistry, for research on the body’s acceptance of materials such as catheters, stents and surgical meshes.

“Wounds that do not heal and medical implants that are rejected by the body create huge risks for patients beyond the initial wound and surgical procedure, including infections, cell death, limb loss, cardiovascular conditions, secondary injuries, diseases and more,” Reynolds said. “It’s imperative to find innovative solutions.”

Reynolds’ research group makes materials embedded with nitric oxide, a powerful, naturally occurring substance within the body that acts to block infections, prevent clotting and boost healthy cell growth.

Reynolds’ work was selected for the National Innovation Summit and Showcase sponsored by TechConnect, a global technology outreach and development organization.

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