Health: Orthocell believes CelGro can help repair ACL injuries
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Orthocell (ASX:OCC) has found a new use for its CelGro tech – anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries.
The ACL is a major stabilising ligament in the knee. Once it is ruptured, it cannot be healed it must be replaced and recovery takes several months.
Currently the most common surgical repair is to replace the ACL with an artificial one grafted by harvesting tendon from patient’s hamstrings.
But now early pre-clinical results have shown that Orthocell’s CelGro collagen rope can replace hamstring grafts for ACL reconstruction and has superior biomechanical properties.
Orthocell promised full results of the study by the March quarter of 2020. It also announced it had won a United States patent for this purpose, to last until 2035.
“There are currently no off the shelf solutions that mimic the human ligament to enable the optimal repair of ACL injuries,” managing director Paul Anderson said.
“The CelGro collagen rope addresses this problem, designed to augment ACL reconstruction without the need to harvest the patient’s hamstring tendon.
“We are extremely excited by the potential of this technology.”
Shares went ballistic in early May when early results from a trial of CelGro in patients with damaged nerves showed that the technology helped them regain sensation.
In October, Orthocell reported that CelGro was helping restore some functions to quadriplegic patients.
Shares were up only slightly this morning, but are up nearly 400 per cent since early May.
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