Navigation Links
Researchers develop world's first biodegradable joint implant
Date:2/28/2012

Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Finland, has been the first in the world to develop biodegradable joint implant, RegJoint. The implant is used in the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

RegJoint has recently received CE Mark approval that allows the product to be sold in the European Union. The joint implant, which has been developed since the mid-1990s, is the result of collaboration between the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tampere University of Technology, Conmed Linvatec Biomaterials, Scaffdex Ltd and a group of orthopaedic surgeons, among others, from Tampere University Hospital. Scaffdex Ltd will bring RegJoint to the market.

New treatment for arthritic patients

Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis destroy the normally smooth cartilage that lines the ends of bones. As cartilage regenerates poorly, the injuries are difficult to treat. Joint injury reduces mobility and causes pain. The conventional surgical options involve permanent implants or the artificial induction of joint ossification between two bones. RegJoint offers an alternative for conventional surgery and has several advantages over permanent implants. For example, the patient's own bone tissue remains intact during the operation. In addition, the implant makes the reconstruction of the joint more sustainable and cushions the area, relieving pain caused by friction between the bones.

The implant is used to repair injuries in the small joints of the fingers and toes. It is made of biodegradable polylactide copolymer and placed inside the joint capsule that surrounds the joint. The implant stimulates the body to produce connective tissue cells and is gradually replaced by the patient's own soft tissue. RegJoint forms a neojoint between the bone ends and restores normal mobility.

The product has undergone extensive clinical trials in Finland and abroad and patients have reported positive results.


'/>"/>

Contact: Minna Kellomki
minna.kellomaki@tut.fi
358-407-066-312
Tampere University of Technology
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Researchers identify novel pathway responsible for infection of a common STD pathogen
2. Researchers discover how vitamin D inhibits inflammation
3. Purdue researchers reveal role of protein mutation in Parkinsons disease
4. UVic researchers among presenters at global science conference
5. Researchers develop better control for DNA-based computations
6. Researchers warn nanoparticles in food, vitamins could harm human health
7. Worlds top technology researchers coming to Queens for TEI 2012
8. Researchers make living model of brain tumor
9. MDC researchers reveal molecular mechanism underlying severe anomalies of the forebrain
10. Grass to gas: UGA researchers genome map speeds biofuel development
11. Researchers develop new method for creating tissue engineering scaffolds
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/4/2017)...  CES 2017 – Valencell , the leading ... the launch of two new versions of its ... sensor modules that incorporate the best of Valencell,s ... The two new designs include Benchmark BE2.0, a ... Benchmark BW2.0, a 2-LED version of its original ...
(Date:12/20/2016)... 20, 2016   Valencell , the leading ... STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader ... announced today the launch of a new, highly ... that includes ST,s compact SensorTile turnkey ... biometric sensor system. Together, SensorTile and Benchmark deliver ...
(Date:12/15/2016)... and BADEN-BADEN, Germany , December ... leading global financial services provider, today announced an agreement with ... behavioural biometrics, to join forces. The partnership will enable clients ... strategies in compliance with local data protection regulation. ... In order to ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/23/2017)... , Jan. 23, 2017  Alkahest Inc. ("Alkahest"), ... for neurodegenerative diseases and other age-related conditions, announced ... company as Chief Medical Officer. In this role, ... development activities at Alkahest and serve on the ... recently served as Executive Director at Dynavax, where ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... Jordan, Utah (PRWEB) , ... January 23, 2017 , ... ... has been named an INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year Award winner for 2017. ... an industry leader in unified communications solutions. In 2016, CallTower was awarded with the ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... Nipro Corporation (Osaka, Japan) and Transonic Systems ... Nipro will receive exclusive marketing and sales rights for all non-OEM Transonic products in ... patients in Japan, the new Nipro - Transonic JV is a natural next step ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... 2017 Interpace Diagnostics Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... clinically useful molecular diagnostic tests and pathology services, ... securities purchase agreement with three  institutional investors to ... stock in a registered direct offering.  In a ... sell to the same investors warrants to purchase ...
Breaking Biology Technology: