New technology from Alpharetta company could help re-grow heart - CBS46 News

New technology from Alpharetta company could help re-grow heart muscle

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An Alpharetta-based medical technology company says they are developing a new product that could help re-grow the muscles of the human heart in the wake of a heart attack.

CorMatrix already has a product derived from the inner linings of a pig's stomach. The product can help repair damaged arteries by giving the patient's stem cells a place to re-grow around the affected area. They are trying to perfect a liquid form of that product, known as an extracellular matrix, that could be injected into the wall of a human heart.

"The hope is by injecting this material, the patient's own stem cells will come to it, and regenerate that normal heart tissue they need," CorMatrix executive Andrew Green said. "This product is basically ground up into a form where it can be injected through a normal syringe or needle."

He said it has been tested on rats, rabbits, pigs and cows. The first human test subjects are lined up for this spring in Europe. If those procedures go well, the FDA could approve the product sometime in 2018.

"This product is a product the company was founded to do," said Green.

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