By changing the mechanical properties and composition of the GI content, Gelesis has the potential to transform how GI-related chronic diseases are treated.

THE GELESIS PLATFORM

TARGETING THE GENESIS OF GI-RELATED CHRONIC DISEASE WITH NOVEL HYDROGEL TECHNOLOGY

Gelesis is developing a proprietary hydrogel platform designed to leverage mechanobiology along the GI tract to potentially alter the course of chronic diseases.

The Gelesis platform technology allows for the design of specific hydrogels with different properties, that potentially may address different GI related indications.

The proprietary Gelesis platform is the first and only superabsorbent hydrogel made exclusively from naturally-derived building blocks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TWO NATURALLY DERIVED BUILDING BLOCKS

The highly engineered and proprietary patented hydrogel is made by cross-linking 2 naturally derived building blocks:

MODIFIED CELLULOSE       CITRIC ACID

Learn about the mechanical properties of our hydrogels and how they are different from fiber

 

 

 

 

 

 

KEY FEATURES

ORALLY ADMINISTERED

Capsules release thousands of small non-aggregating hydrogel particles. The hydrogel particles rapidly absorb water in the stomach, creating individual cellulosic based gel pieces, with no caloric value

MECHANICAL PROPERTIES SIMILAR TO VEGETABLES

The small gel pieces homogeneously mix with the ingested foods and increase the volume and elasticity (firmness) of the stomach contents, similar to the mechanical effect created by a half pound of leafy vegetables

PROPERTIES ARE MAINTAINED THROUGH THE SMALL INTESTINE

The hydrogel pieces flow through the small intestine while maintaining their 3‑dimensional structure and mechanical properties, increasing the elasticity of the contents of the small intestine as well. Similar to ingested vegetables, they partially degrade and release the water in the large intestine

CONTROLLED HYDRATION

Hydrogel volume limited to fluids present in the GI tract, as well as hydration capacity of the hydrogel

NON CLUSTERING PARTICLES

Small particles do not stick together and have similar elastic response as ingested solid foods, with no evidence of obstruction

NATURAL DEGRADATION

Digestive enzymes in the large intestine degrade the 3‑dimensional structure, releasing water, which is reabsorbed by the body

HOW OUR TECHNOLOGY WORKS

GELESIS IS STUDYING THE POTENTIAL EFFECT OF ITS HYDROGELS ON THE IMPROVEMENT OF GUT BARRIER DYSFUNCTION AND RELATED DISEASES

Satiety and Weight Loss

Insulin Resistance and Glycemic Control

Liver Health

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR ONGOING RESEARCH