Magnesium-based orthopedic implant that safely biodegrades and promotes bone growth

8357D973-9E6F-4417-AA1BBC147631F1E8Researchers from South Korea have shown, in preliminary clinical trials of 53 patients, that after a year their magnesium-calcium-zinc orthopedic implant spurns new bone growth by mimicking the body’s calcification matrix while the implant safely degrades. Their work appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Orthopedic implants in the form of screws, rods, or metal plates are used to hold fractured bones in place so that they heal properly. Oftentimes this involves an initial surgery to insert the device followed by a second surgery to remove it. An alternative to this would be a biodegradable implant. Researchers have explored this idea using magnesium-based implants since magnesium is known to degrade within the body. However, there has been limited success in this area.

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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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