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Currently, 25 percent of the 24 million diabetics in the United States are suffering from chronic foot ulcers, according to the American Diabetes Association. Simple and effective wound treatment is necessary to reduce the risk of amputations. In response to the pressing medical challenge, researchers at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan confirmed the viability of applying an interactive wound dressing comprised of non-woven fabric with porous microcarrier beads and human keratinocytes - living human skin cells - directly on wounds. These findings became the platform technology for the Chicago- based start-up, KeraCure.