Monday, September 16, 2013

Revolutionary Bone-Growing Treatment From Israel

Diagram showing how BoneCure works
A revolutionary treatment that speeds and simplifies bone re-growth in pets has been developed by the Israeli company RegeneCure.

The unique artificial membrane produced under the trade name BoneCure is the only solution of its kind on the market. It comes as a small sheet (150, 200, or 350 millimeters in thickness) that can be cut to size. This sheet is rolled by a veterinary surgeon into a sleeve and anchored with bolts or sutures, encasing the space where lost bone should grow. BoneCure’s thin membrane is made from the same artificial materials used to coat slow-release aspirin. Designed to disintegrate over time and loaded with a positive charge, BoneCure encourages new bone cells to “sit” on its surface. Small perforations in the material allow growth factors to pass in and out of the area where the bone should grow, preventing unwanted tissue from entering the future bone zone.

BoneCure has been shown to require only one surgery where the current standard procedure would normally involve two.  It also reduces the chances of severe infection. That is welcome news, considering that about 5 to 10 percent of all severe bone fractures end in infection and more time under the knife. The new treatment can create accelerated bone growth 43 percent faster than without it, meaning eight weeks rather than five months of healing time. The regenerating membrane product could aid in cases where broken bones are not knitting as they should. The membrane draws in the stem cells with its positive charge and reboots this process.

Learning to use BoneCure does not involve complicated tutorials or training sessions. Complete instructions on how to set it in place are available for veterinary surgeons on the company website.

Two hundred pets in the United States, Canada, Australia, Israel, Germany and the UK have been treated with BoneCure.

RegeneCure built its technology based on pending patents licensed from Yissum, the tech transfer company of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and from Hadasit of Hadassah Medical Center, also in Jerusalem. The company of eight, founded in 2010, is based in Jerusalem.

Source: Israel21c

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