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So now when you put a bandage or
a coating on the skin, you know
its there. You can feel it, you
can see it, and sometimes it can
even be uncomfortable. So the
goal was to create something
that was totally invisible,
breathable, could coat the skin,
protect it, perhaps deliver
drugs to it, and also perhaps
even make it look better.
What we've been able to do is
create a cream, basically, that
you can put on the skin, and
then once on the skin it can
actually form, essentially, an
elastic second skin. And it's
transparent, it's essentially
invisible, it's not messy at
all, and it has good
mechanical strength.
The way it works is you put it
on in two stages. First, you put
on this invisible cream on your
skin, and that has the polymer
in it. And then, in a second
step you put on what we call a
catalyst and that causes a
cross-linking reaction. And what
all this does is makes a very
adherent layer on top of your
skin. It's very soft and yet its
still mechanically strong, and
it is essentially invisible.
So I think it's fair to say that
this is a platform technology.
And what I mean by that is you
could use it in various
different areas.
One set of things might be in
cosmetics where you'd use it to
tighten skin on different parts
of the body. Another could be
for therapeutics where you'd use
it as a whole new, kind of,
plastic ointment that could be
used to deliver drugs to the
skin to treat different skin
diseases. So there's all kinds
of different directions you
could take this discovery, and
this material, and move it into.