“We make stents that cure sick blood vessels,” says Bart Sanders, co-founder of STENTiT. Sanders and his partner Sol Cabrera make stents out of soluble microfibres. A stent is a small tube that keeps a blood vessel open. The patient’s immune system reacts to it and stimulates the cells to rebuild the blood vessel.” At the moment, stents are made primarily of metal or plastic. “With a metal stent, a blood vessel may close up again over time.”

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Author profile picture Linda Bak is always looking for the stories behind the news. She is fascinated by statistics and uses not only words but also numbers to tell these stories.