A case study describing an ongoing collaborative project between the University of Manchester and Neotherix has been published on the Regener8 web site. The 12 month project, "Polymeric scaffolds functionalised for periodontal repair", started in October 2013. It is supported by funding from the Regener8-Medical Technologies Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) strategic partnership and is one of the proof of concept awards made to N8 university-based projects that demonstrate significant commercial potential. The case study describes how the interdisciplinary team is developing an implantable acellular electrospun barrier scaffold to help reduce the bone loss and tooth loosening associated with advanced periodontal disease. The bioresorbable scaffold will provide a barrier layer between diseased gum and the mandibular bone, promote new bone growth, and then degrade into harmless by-products once it has completed its function. Benefits of this approach include the provision of a simpler, more effective treatment without the need for multiple surgeries.
Neotherix is contributing its experience in scaling up and commercialising electrospun tissue scaffolds to help demonstrate the clinical and commercial opportunities for this technology.
Please see the Regener8 case study for more information on the project.
Link to the Medical Technologies IKC web site .