Our technology is a platform technology with a wide range of applications in wound-care. The initial indication for our lead program (VF-001) is for Venous Leg Ulcers (VLUs). The synthetic nature of this product and its suitability for deployment in the community care environment represents a considerable market opportunity for Factor Therapeutics.
We have also several programs in early development to address other serious wound applications, as well as the potential for new products in the ocular wound care space. The growth of minimally-invasive eye surgeries (i.e. glaucoma stents) means there is a major need for products to reduce corneal scarring/fibrosis. The company has significant intellectual property around new constructs that are highly suited to this application.
A fascia (/ˈfæʃə/, /ˈfæʃiə/; plural fasciae /ˈfæʃᵻ.i/; adjective fascial; from Latin: “band”) is a band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs. Fascia is classified by layer, as superficial fascia, deep fascia, and visceral or parietal fascia, or by its function and anatomical location.
Like ligaments, aponeuroses, and tendons, fascia is made up of fibrous connective tissue containing closely packed bundles of collagen fibers oriented in a wavy pattern parallel to the direction of pull. Fascia is consequently flexible and able to resist great unidirectional tension forces until the wavy pattern of fibers has been straightened out by the pulling force. These collagen fibers are produced by fibroblasts located within the fascia.
Fasciae are similar to ligaments and tendons as they have collagen as their major component. They differ in their location and function: ligaments join one bone to another bone, tendons join muscle to bone, and fasciae surround muscles or other structures.
Soft tissue therapy (STT) is the assessment, treatment and management of soft tissue injury, pain and dysfunction primarily of the neuromusculoskeletal system. Licensed health care professionals who typically provide soft tissue manual therapy include bodywork practitioners (such as massage therapists), occupational therapists, physical therapists and some chiropractic, osteopathic and naturopathic doctors.
Typically, regulated healthcare professionals who provide soft tissue therapy have a background in anatomy, physiology, pathology, pathophysiology, biomechanics, and functional anatomy, as well as tactile/palpatory and functional movement assessments.
Postural and functional assessments
Assessments are conducted according to presenting signs and symptoms, with the purpose helping to identify the most likely cause(s) of the pain or injury. They may include assessments of posture, biomechanics, range of motion, and the nervous system, among others.
When the findings of an assessment suggest that the client may have a condition or signs and symptoms that are beyond the scope of a practitioners skill-set, training, and/or specialization, they will refer that client to the most appropriate healthcare professional.