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2013/106/1 Spray-on skin processing unit, ReCell Spray-On Skin Kit, plastic / electronic components, made by Avita Medical Ltd, Western Australia, 2013. Click to enlarge.

Spray-on skin processing unit

Made by Avita Medical Ltd in Western Australia, Australia, 2013.

ReCell enables a surgeon to apply skin cells, collected from a healthy sample of the patient's own skin, to an area that needs new cells to ensure appropriate healing, skin texture and pigmentation. The kit produces a suspension that contains all of the cells necessary to promote healthy skin growth. The spray has cells to promote healing (keratinocytes) and colour (melanocytes). 'Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication' said Leonardo Da Vinci. Of course it is difficult to align that statemen...


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Object Statement

Spray-on skin processing unit, ReCell Spray-On Skin Kit, plastic / electronic components, made by Avita Medical Ltd, Western Australia, 2013

Physical Description

The kit is made from moulded plastic, and features a blue outer casing with a blue tinted, clear lid with 'reCELL' embossed on the top. When lifted the lid reveals the electronic component at the top consisting of two small cups, labelled 'B' and 'C', two blue push buttons, one with a triangle, the other with a '?' symbol, and three lights, in red, orange and green, which are active during the machines function. To the left of this is a third cup, with a black interior, marked 'A + E' for the harvested skin. Below this component is a deep pool area, with a removable white tray above. The base of the device has a small silver sticker with details about the manufacturer and model of the kit.

Housed within the tray of the kit is a clear plastic syringe, with a removable spray lid. A scale on the side reads, '1:6 cc/mL', and 'SINGLE USE ONLY'.



56 mm


226 mm


155 mm


400 g



The ReCell Spray-On Skin Kit is designed and manufactured by Avita Medical Ltd, at South Perth, Western Australia, Australia, in 2013. The concept of the kit is developed from the research and practice performed by Professor Fiona Wood and her team in treating burn injuries, starting the the early 1990s, and advancing to the spray-on technique in the early 2000s.



After the well-documented success of Professor Fiona Wood's treatment of burn injured skin, particularly after the Bali bombings in which fundamentalist militants detonated explosives in nightclubs in Bali, Indonesia in 2002, the technique of harvesting healthy tissue, processing it in a suspension and spraying it directly onto injured skin was of course going to be explored further to enable the treatment to be more widely available. Professor Wood says: 'we first started to culture skin cells in Perth in 1993 so the research and development began in earnest then. The first cell suspension was done in 1994 - the cells sprayed at that stage were cultured first. The ReCell concept with cells harvested in theatre began in 1997 leading to the first ReCell kit in its current form launching 2003/4.'


Credit Line

Gift of Avita Medical Ltd, 2013

Acquisition Date

21 October 2013

Cite this Object


Spray-on skin processing unit 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 January 2020, <>


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