If by "original researchers" you mean Dr. Sun and Dr. Zhang, their names were on the patent application since it was filed. They would benefit from a commercial product just as Dr. Gerecht and Dr. Harmon would.
Also, suggesting that the research could not continue because part of the team moved on completely ignores that those remaining (as well as the new postdoc) are experts in dealing with biomaterials.
Someone mentioned dr H is no longer working on this either...but good luck with them!
How to raise some money for conducting the gel research?
I don't think we really need to do that. Gerecht's research lab has funding from an investor and company, Gemstone Biotherapeutics. And all indications point toward them currently conducting tests and ongoing research. Unfortunately, it's not happening quite as quickly as we'd all like. Hopefully, once the summer wraps up we'll hear something.
I am thinking of making some adanced hydrogels for wound healing.