How to grow human bones in a lab

epibone1Doctors perform almost a million bone-graft surgeries each year in the United States, and despite many advancements in medicine, the procedure remains surprisingly primitive.

In most cases, surgeons must cut open the patient to harvest a piece of bone, then cut them open again to set the graft in its new home. Or they use bone from a cadaver, which can carry a small risk of disease.

Some young scientists believe they have a better solution.

What if we could engineer a customized human bone in a laboratory, grown in mere weeks from a patient’s own cells? It would reduce the risk of infection and the fear that a patient’s body might reject the transplant.

That’s the vision behind EpiBone, a fledgling medical startup that seeks to revolutionize bone surgery.


About Peter Coffaro 1439 Articles
A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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