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Cell Bandage to treat meniscal tears

posted 30 Aug 2012, 12:33 by Bristol Scrubs   [ updated 30 Aug 2012, 12:39 ]
Azellon, from the University of Bristol, and the developer of stem cell therapies for tissue repair has announced that recruitment has commenced for the phase I/IIa trial of its Cell Bandage for knee meniscus repair. The Azellon procedure takes stem cells, harvested from the patient’s own bone marrow, grows them on a structural bio-scaffold, and two weeks later implants the newly created Cell Bandage into the patient’s knee.
Meniscal tears currently only have the potential to heal if they are located in the peripheral edge of the meniscus however this accounts for only 10% of cases. Instead, treatment usually involves removal of the damaged part of the meniscus, although this surgery is strongly correlated with development of osteoarthritis.
Azellon’s Cell Bandage is designed to enable the tear to repair itself by encouraging cell growth in the affected tissue. The Cell Bandage trial is a Phase I/IIa clinical study at Southmead Hospital in Bristol under the supervision of Professor Ashley Blom. The Cell Bandage trial will run throughout the second half of this year, with preliminary results expected by the middle of 2013.