Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) September 17, 2013
Ask pet owners how they'd react if their pet were hurt and you're certain to sense panic in their responses. Protégé Biomedical is a Twin Cities med-tech startup aiming to alleviate much of that stress with their initial product offering, ClotIt.
ClotIt is an all-natural, mineral-based blood clotting powder that could revolutionize home pet care and become an essential tool for veterinary clinics nationwide. The off-white powder is intended for use on animals for the treatment of minor to severe wounds, and features a bitter taste to discourage consumption.
"We're animal lovers, first and foremost," says Michael Wuollett, Co-founder and CEO of Protégé Biomedical. "With two dogs of our own, we know how pets become members of your family, and you want to do everything you can to keep them safe and healthy. ClotIt is a product we believe will help reduce trips to the vet if your pet sustains a minor wound. And when used in a clinical setting, will greatly assist veterinary professionals by rapidly stopping bleeding."
Wuollett founded Protégé along with his wife, Susan, in 2011 after winning an entrepreneurial competition at the University of St. Thomas in which they presented their idea for an inexpensive mineral-based blood clotting powder that could be used in everything from minor shaving cuts to military trauma wounds.
"There is real potential for growth and improvement within this field," says Susan, whose marketing background complements her husband's medical device background. "Our first product will benefit pet owners and their beloved animals, but we recognize the opportunity to help people with a similar clotting technology and are definitely heading down that path."
ClotIt is most effective on injuries that will not require stitches, commonly incurred by adventurous dogs and cats at home, or by farm animals like horses and cattle. Show-dog owners, groomers and trainers have long sought a solution like ClotIt, and veterinary clinicians foresee myriad possibilities for the product. From neutralizing a small cut following a nail clipping, to clotting a more serious wound during a surgical procedure, ClotIt is the safe, discrete, and practical choice.
“I have yet to see a hemostatic powder as efficient as ClotIt," says Dr. Tom Skadron, owner of Skadron Animal Hospital in St. Paul, MN and board member of the Veterinary Hospital Association. "Not only does it easily outperform competitive products, it is also a pleasure to use because it doesn’t sting or stain our fingers.”
ClotIt is currently available for order on the web at ClotIt.com and will be venturing into Twin Cities vet clinics and retailers by the end of the year.
About Protégé Biomedical
Protégé Biomedical was established by the husband and wife duo of Michael and Susan Wuollett in April of 2011. After researching advanced, natural clotting technologies and developing an idea for a styptic fibrin bandage that would win them the Fowler Business Concept Challenge in 2010 at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the couple was urged by an esteemed group of advisors to pursue their entrepreneurial passion. Today, Protégé is making a name for itself on the cutting edge of Minnesota's crowded med-tech market by developing a series of products focused on the health and safety of both people and animals. The company is currently seeking 510(k) clearance for human use, and has patents pending in surgical, military, and general consumer arenas.