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KeriCure Donates Multiple Products to The Spring of Tampa Bay

February 7, 2014

Tampa, FL

KeriCure and The Spring of Tampa Bay have partnered to provide all 12 shelters in the greater Tampa Bay area with KeriCure products. “Every man, woman, child, and pet that come into these shelters have access to the best possible care and protection. We are excited to be a part of that agenda and exceptional standard of care,” says KeriCure founder Dr. Kerriann Greenhalgh.

KeriCure donated over $400 worth of products and informational materials to the organization this week. KeriCure samples and coupons redeemable at Publix Supermarkets were also donated to the organizations annual fundraising event, Peace Couture Gala, held Saturday, February 8th at the Straz Center.

“KeriCure stands for comfort, strength, and protection. We hope to be able to provide this to the participants of The Spring and grow a strong, lasting relationship with this pillar of the Tampa Bay community,” says Greenhalgh.

For more information, please contact us at info@kericure.com.

CBS 10 News Interview of KeriCure – USF Invention helps close wounds big & small

Click here to watch the full interview from CBS 10 News.

Tampa, Florida — The University of South Florida ranks 10th among universities worldwide in U.S. patents. One of the inventions that’s putting USF on the map is a liquid bandage that helps close wounds both big and small.

While getting her PhD, Dr. Kerriann Greenhalgh was collaborating with a professor at USF on a project when she discovered a polymer could be turned into a bandage.

“I was really struck by its elastic properties, its ability to stretch and move with the body and then come back to its original shape which is very similar to the skin,” Greenhalgh said.

In the midst of her research, her soon-to-be husband had a nasty cut that developed staph that needed immediate surgery to avoid nerve damage or amputation. That’s when she knew she needed to push forward with KeriCure.

“It just kind of clicked for me,” Greenhalgh said. “This would make a great skin, a secondary skin, an artificial skin to help clean wounds clean and infection free. ”

She tinkered with the formula, even tested it on her own cuts and scrapes, and created a water based solution that has no harsh chemicals or preservatives.

“When you put it on, you spray it on your hand. It forms a protective barrier and it protects bacteria from getting in. But because it’s water-based, there’s no stinging involved and it actually helps to hydrate the wound and it keeps it moisturized which actually helps with the cosmetic outcome of the wound as well.”

While its competitors are flexible, they don’t have the same elasticity which allows you to move your knuckles while it’s on. It’s also waterproof and sweatproof.

“You can go swimming with it,” Greenhalgh said. “The EMTs at SeaWorld have it in their pockets which is great there you know the kids have these cuts and if they put band aids on them then they’re putting their hands in the fish tanks in the touch tanks and you get band aids in there and it’s awful.”

The spray is attached to a keychain or you can put it in your pocket, and with about 170 liquid bandages in a bottle for $10.99 at major retailers like Publix and Kroger, KeriCure is sealing up success.

“Our motto with this product is KeriCure and carry on so it’s really intended for moms, people on the go, active lifestyles doing sports to really be able to spray it and keep going about their business and not have to worry about it.”

KeriCure is Tampa-based company with five full-time employees. It’s manufactured and packaged locally too. Since KeriCure is partners with USF, the company has lab space and supports eight undergraduates, giving them real life research experience.

Submitted by WTSP Web Staff

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013, 6:36pm

 

Invention hotbed USF among world’s top patent holders

Click here for the full article at tbo.com.

TAMPA — Her boyfriend suffered a nasty cut between his thumb and forefinger, where a traditional bandage wouldn’t hold. Kerriann Greenhalgh fretted, especially when her beau ended up with a staph infection that required surgery.

“That was a very traumatic thing to go through just from a small cut that should have been able to be protected from infection,” she said. “There just wasn’t anything out there that did that.”

Fast-forward a year or so when the University of South Florida grad student in organic chemistry was noodling around with a nanoparticle drug delivery system and came upon a polymer that had properties that mirrored those of human skin.

“The two just kind of clicked together for me,” Greenhalgh said. “I thought this would make a really neat, effective second-skin product.”

Today, her KeriCure liquid bandage product is in 900 Publix and 200 Kroger stores. She’s lobbying for its use in post-surgical settings and dermatology. (And the long-since-recovered boyfriend is now her husband and father of their 13-month-old son.)

By Jerome R. Stockfisch | Tribune Staff Jerome R. Stockfisch on Google+
Published: December 21, 2013

 

Kerriann Greenhalgh created the KeriCure liquid bandage and is lobbying for its use in post-surgical settings and dermatology. KERRIANN GREENHALGH/KERICURE

Kerriann Greenhalgh created the KeriCure liquid bandage and is lobbying for its use in post-surgical settings and dermatology. KERRIANN GREENHALGH/KERICURE

 

Incubator to help USF students launch businesses

KeriCure founder quoted in local article on USF’s new student incubator. KeriCure was present at the USF BEAT event and was even given a shout out by USF President Dr. Judy Genshaft. KeriCure is a member of the USF Affiliates program and additionally provide internships and hands on education to USF students in the areas of research, regulatory and quality protocols, marketing and sales.

Click here to read the full article in the Tampa Tribune.

TAMPA — Some of the shining stars of the University of South Florida’s entrepreneurship push – including the purple-clad Megabyte and Sublimation, superheroes who are educating youngsters while saving the world from the evil Dr. Entropy – joined school officials Tuesday in launching the Student Innovation Incubator on the Tampa campus.

By Jerome R. Stockfisch | Tribune Staff
Published: November 19, 2013

 

KeriCure Founder interviewed on USF radio station University Beat WUSF 89.7FM

KeriCure Founder, Dr. Kerriann Greenhalgh, talks with University Beat host Mark Shreiner, along with USF Vice President of Research and Innovation (Dr. Paul Sandberg) and Assistant Vice President (Valerie McDevitt) about the new SCAP funding for USF inventors and spin out companies.

“As USF officials announce plans to open a Florida Inventors Hall of Fame, they’re also offering up to 50-thousand dollars in seed funding for certain aspiring university entrepreneurs. Find out more on this week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7.”

KeriCure will be applying for the new SCAP program, scheduled for the first round of submissions to conclude on November 15th.

Click here to listen to the full interview on University Beat, WUSF 89.7FM.