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Recipients of the Innovation Jump Start Award

2022: Dr Emma Wade, Otago University

Smart Biologicals to Promote Internal Healing

Professor Gary Evans (left) presents Dr Wade with the 2022 Innovation Jump Start Award Trophy

A serendipitous observation made during Dr Wade's research has led to the identification of a protein with significant potential for development into a biological therapeutic to improve post-surgical healing of the fascia after abdominal surgeries such as hernia repairs, caesarean sections, and surgery for pelvic prolapse. If the findings of her proposed research are positive and it is feasible to develop a biological therapeutic product using this protein, it would have the potential to improve outcomes for a vast range of people and could save the health system money by avoiding the need for repeat surgeries.