Authors: D. Ho, G. Pietramaggiori, K. Moskowitz, R. Sum, J. Dee, A. Rudolph, C. Burch, W. Pebley, D. Orgill, C. Orser
The use of fresh platelets has gained value in medicine as an essential part of wound treatments. This is not surprising since platelets contain a number of bioactive factors that contribute to the process of wound healing such as: platelet derived platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) and transforming growth factor (TGF). Fresh platelets’ short shelf life limits platelet based therapies. If platelets can be stabilized in a freeze-dried form (FDP) then long-term storage and pathogen inactivation methods become possible.