WoundSeal is a product manufactured by Biolife, L.L.C., a privately owned company founded in 1999 by Jim Reding, Charlie Entenmann, John “Alf” Thompson and the late James Patterson, Ph.D. Biolife is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida.
The original technology was developed in a lab by Thompson and Patterson by accident. They were testing the potassium iron oxyacid salt for other purposes when Patterson cut his hand and the powder came into contact with the cut. His cut was fairly deep, so he figured a trip to the emergency room was inevitable.
Patterson was shocked when the powder mixed with the blood and formed an instant scab that stopped the bleeding. All that was known at the time was that the powder stopped bleeding very quickly regardless of one’s ability to clot naturally.
That discovery was just the beginning. Since then, Biolife, L.L.C. has taken the product from conception to commercialization and continues to test the product to develop new and improved applications. Biolife has produced and sold over 5 million applications of the technology to leading hospitals, occupational workplaces, professional sports teams and consumers across the country.