ELab NYC Alum Suneris Launches VETIGEL
You don’t have to be an eagle scout to learn how to stop a bleeding wound. But you may have to be a young genius.
Back in 2012, Joe Landolina, then a freshman at NYU Polytechnic School, invented VETIGEL, a plant-based gel that stops severe bleeding in less than twelve seconds.
Soon after, he co-founded the medical technology company Suneris with his classmate Isaac Miller, and embarked on a mini-MBA program through NYCEDC’s Bio & Health Entrepreneurship Lab (ELabNYC), an intensive training and mentorship opportunity for early career scientists starting new ventures.
Tonight, Joe and the team at Suneris will officially launch VETIGEL at Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn.
Joe came up with the idea for a gel that is easily absorbed directly into the body, and activates the natural clotting process of blood in order to seal wounds.
Because the gel doesn’t use animal tissue, there’s a lower risk of transmitting diseases. Already approved for veterinary markets, VETIGEL is currently undergoing FDA approval for use on humans, which it’s expected to receive in early 2016.
ELabNYC helped the Suneris team organize their public relations strategy and overhaul their business plan to attract a larger, more diverse pool of investors. They’ve even had to turn investors away.
After completing E-Lab, Suneris clocked some hours in the NYCEDC-supported DUMBO incubator, and set up shop in their own vaccine-grade facility in Park Slope.
The gel is made with bio-components that are easily absorbed directly into the body, and activates the natural clotting process of blood in order to seal wounds. Because the gel doesn’t use animal tissue, there’s a lower risk of transmitting diseases. Already approved for veterinary markets, VETIGEL is currently undergoing FDA approval for use on humans, which it’s expected to receive in early 2016.
VEGITEL is potentially applicable to emergency medical services, burn treatment, war zones, and high-intensity surgery situations to revolutionize emergency trauma care.
Today, at just 22 years old, Joe is looking to transition his 25-strong staff to a 70,000 square foot facility that can house 300 employees over the coming years.
“Working in New York City, everything is at an arm’s reach: talent acquisition at the entry level is tremendously easy,” says Joe. “We get 500 applications for every intern position, partly because people want an opportunity to spend time in New York. Even our mid-level talent includes people that are based in New York and would hate to leave the city.”
They add that, “New York City is a central focus of logistics, academics, and has every possible resource you could ever ask for.”
We couldn’t agree more. Congratulations to the Suneris team on a successful launch!
Do you have an idea for a Life Sciences or Healthcare business? Recruitment for the 2016 ELAB program is underway! Learn more at elabnyc.com/faq/schedule