Dear Foregen Supporters,
Welcome back to our most recent newsletter. We have some important updates for you, and an overview of the best parts of October.
What’s Happened Since Last Time
- We are extremely happy to announce that our scientific manuscript, entitled “The Development of a Decellularized Extracellular Matrix-based Biomaterial Scaffold Derived from Human Foreskin for the Purpose of Foreskin Reconstruction in Circumcised Males”, has completed the peer review process and has been accepted for publication in Journal of Tissue Engineering. The work details the decellularization of adult, human foreskin tissue and the characterization of the resulting extracellular matrix scaffolds. The purpose of these experiments is to evaluate if the resulting scaffolds are suitable for tissue engineering purposes, specifically: reconstruction of the human foreskin. The manuscript is currently being formatted by production editors and we expect open access publication within 3-6 weeks. We will make an announcement when this process is completed and the paper becomes publicly available.
- We previously discussed a small project where we’d talk with some supporters to ask questions and receive feedback. If you’d like to have a chance to take part in this project please fill out this form. Please remember to read the instructions carefully!
- We are continuing the development of our new website and brand by exploring revamped logo designs and continued coordination with design professionals.
- As we wrote in a previous newsletter, we will be attending SXSW in 2019 and are looking at other potential events to build our network. Check out the Facebook event link for SXSW.
- For the month of October we reached a total of $9,606 in donations, which helps us move forward with the next parts of our mission! Be sure to inform other activists, friends and family about Foregen and the science we’re pursuing to one day help provide genital integrity to men around the world. Our overall total to date is $373,937 - Let’s keep it up.
Tell Me Something Interesting
- This recent article details the discovery of a stem cell that could repair blood vessels, a “landmark finding, published in today in Nature, [which] changes scientific understanding of how blood vessels are made and brings scientists one step closer to using stem cells to grow new blood vessels and repair damaged ones.
- A new piece explaining the benefits of “extracellular vesicles (EVs), also known in the past as 'cellular dust'. A team of researchers have tested these vesicles for the first time in a porcine model for the treatment of postoperative digestive fistulas. Their results, which yielded a 100 percent success rate, open the door to testing in humans and broader possibilities for applications.
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The Foregen Team