Israeli-made seaweed gel could prevent future heart attacks

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Israeli company BioLineRx has developed a special seaweed-based gel that tests show helps regenerate heart muscle tissue following heart attacks.

The substance is created using typical brown seaweed. It is injected into the heart as a liquid and then hardens into a gel-like sheath protecting the heart and giving its tissue time to properly heal following a heart attack. By allowing the heart to fully heal, the gel significantly reduces the likelihood of repeat heart attacks.

The gel, dubbed BL-1040, was recently licensed by New Jersey-based Ikaria Holdings for $282.5 million.

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