Bone reconstruction technology company has entered into a research collaboration with universities and hospitals in Singapore to develop 3D printed scaffold products to be used in mandibular reconstruction.
The company, which already markets its Osteoplug and Osteomesh bioresorbable implants which encourage bone regeneration, hopes to be in a position to seek regulatory approval for the new products following the project.
The company will work with the National University of Singapore, the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and the National University Hospital of Singapore in the project.
They will develop second generation materials incorporating additives into the polycaprolactone matrix to further improve bone regeneration.
The mandible is the largest bone in the human face, forming the lower jawline, however reconstruction can be necessary after trauma of disease.
Existing bone graft techniques can lead to post-surgical complications.
Two or three mandibular reconstructions take place at the NUH each week, with human clinical trials planned to assess Osteopore’s technology for mandibular reconstruction.
“Osteopore wishes to advise that this project has a long development pathway and there is no guarantee of Osteopore successfully commercialising the mandible products.”
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