This week in ceramic news, a 3-D printed bioceramic from RESTORATION and its partner, JRI Orthopaedics, may come to the market in the near future. The new bioceramic cylinder reportedly can be used to directly treat joints damaged by osteoarthritis with minimally invasive surgery.
RESTORATION, a European research project organized by Newcastle University, has been researching bioceramics for four years and has developed three materials for use in vertebrae, mandibles, and knees that can be reabsorbed by the body once the bone is repaired. The newly developed bioceramics reportedly may improve current implants and surgeries, and therefore improve patients’ recovery and their quality of life post-surgery. Though RESTORATION as a research project is coming to a conclusion, partner companies have shown interest in continuing research and development as well as bringing the project’s results the rest of the way to commercial market in the near future. In particular, JRI Orthopaedics, a British manufacturer, reportedly would like to bring the products from the research project to a commercial scale such as a bioceramic bone filler and a bioceramic cylinder to treat damage to knee bones.
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