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January 14, 2016

Material mimics real bone to repair injuries faster - Biotech's Future

For serious bone injuries, surgeons often must to use transplanted material to repair the damage and help the bone regrow itself. But using transplanted bone requires a second surgical site and has other limitations, so scientists have been exploring synthetic alternatives.

National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded researchers have developed a new material that mimics the composition and architecture of natural bone that enable bones to heal faster.

Michael Zilm, CEO and co-founder of OrteoPonix LLC, explains how this technology uses collagen and hydroxyapatite -- materials derived from natural bone -- to create a scaffold for bone to build on. The body's own bone cells infiltrate the scaffold and, over time, natural bone replaces the synthetic graft.

Most bone can repair itself naturally, but for significant injuries bone needs help, says Zilm.

The research is funded by the NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research -- Technology Translation program.

Learn more about OrteoPoniX and Watch other NSF-funded biotech stories.

Original air date: January 14, 2016

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