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In World First, Israeli Biotech Firm Successfully Transplants Lab-Grown Bone
An Israeli biotech company has introduced an innovative way to replace lost bone in a minimally invasive fashion.
An Israeli startup biotech company announced on Monday that it is the first in the world to successfully use lab-grown bone tissue to repair bone loss.
The startup, Bonus BioGroup, said it injected the semi-liquid bone graft, which was harvested from patients’ own fat cells, into the jaws of 11 patients and successfully hardened and merged with existing bone to repair damage during the early stage of clinical trials.
“For the first time worldwide, reconstruction of deficient or damaged bone tissue is achievable by growing viable human bone graft in a laboratory, and transplanting it back to the patient in a minimally invasive surgery via injection,” Bonus Biogroup CEO Shai Meretzki said in a statement to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.
Meretzki told Israel’s i24 News that traditional methods of repairing bone damage involved obtaining bone samples from the pelvic crest, which is an invasive, painful and expensive procedure. Other methods included using synthetic substances or obtaining cells from bone banks, which risk the patient’s body rejecting the transplant.
“I was looking for a way to do it cheaper and easier for the patient and the medical system,” Meretzki said. “We are growing bone through small samples of fat tissue and isolating the different kinds of cells that we need to create the bone.”