For the first time, an Israeli biotech firm has successfully made lab-grown bones that are used to repair damaged bone tissue in a cheaper and easier way.
Broke fractures are expensive, painful and complicated to heal. Using the traditional methods of bone samples from the person’s pelvic crest, getting substances or cells from bone banks, and bone fracture surgery, which involves screwing rods and metal plates to the bone, are more than cringeworthy.
However, an Israeli startup biotech company, Bonus BioGroup, has discovered a way of growing bones in labs in a “minimally invasive surgery,” says the company CEO Shai Meretzki.
World’s First: Lab-Grown Bones
Meretzki is proud to announce that for the first time worldwide, they have developed a way of repairing patients’ bone loss by growing bone tissues in the lab.
It works by getting the own fat cells of a patient. Then, the semi-liquid bone graft is injected to the jaws of 11 patients that participated. It then successfully hardened and joined the existing bone that repairs the damage in the bone during the clinical trials’ early stage.
Bonus BioGroup’s vice president of regulation affairs Ora Burger revealed that all 11 patients had a 100 percent successful transplant.
Cheaper and Easier Reconstruction of Damaged Bone Tissues
The surgery was made possible with Meretzki’s goal of finding a “cheaper and easier” way for both the patient and the medical system. Through reconstructing damaged bone tissues “by growing viable human bone graft” in their laboratory, it is then transplanted back to the patient through injection.
Since their method grows bone through “small sample of fat tissues” from the patient, there is a lesser risk than getting from bone banks, which risk the patient from rejecting the bone transplant.
The biotech firm now has plans for lab-grown bones in the extremities, or the long bones, in a larger scale clinical trial.
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