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OrganOx Limited was established to improve both the quality and quantity of organs for transplantation. It is developing a device for sustaining organs outside the body using blood at normal body temperatures, which was invented by academic founders Prof Peter Friend, a leading transplant surgeon, and Prof Constantin Coussios, a biomedical engineer. Over 6000 livers are discarded worldwide each year because of limitations of current cold storage technologies. The OrganOx technology allows livers to be preserved for 24 hours, twice as long currently possible, in a functioning state outside the body. This could enable organs currently deemed unsuitable for transplantation, to recover to an acceptable standard for transplant.