Liquid Bone Injected in World First Treatment
Biloine W. Young • Fri, August 25th, 2017
An August 17, 2017 Bonus BioGroup Ltd press release announces what is claimed to be a world first, an Israeli man received laboratory-grown semi-liquid bone tissue injected in his arm. The human bone tissue had been grown in a laboratory from the 40-year-old patient’s own fat cells.
The procedure was performed at Emek Medical Center in Afula and was part of an early-stage clinical trial of a tissue-engineering technology developed by Bonus BioGroup Ltd of Haifa.
The patient had suffered significant bone loss in his arm as the result of a car accident and had previously undergone several unsuccessful surgeries.
In December 2016, Bonus BioGroup announced successful results of an early-stage clinical trial on 11 patients in which bone tissue grown from a small sample of each patient’s own fat cells was injected into their jaws to repair bone loss. According to the company, over a few months the tissue merged with the existing bone to complete the jaw.
Bonus BioGroup CEO and President Shai Meretzki said this experimental procedure “sets a new standard of hope for rapid healing in a wide variety of cases.”