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Bristol University Spin-out Develops Stem Cell Treatment to Repair Knee Cartilage

from Southwest Business

Patients are due to undergo a pioneering stem cell treatment to repair knee cartilage as a world first is trialed at a Bristol hospital. The "bandage" which uses patients' own stem cells has been developed by a Bristol University spin-out company, Azellon Ltd, and will be implanted in their knee in a procedure at Southmead Hospital. Patients who have been diagnosed with torn meniscal cartilage following an MRI scan will have a small operation to take the bone marrow from their hip. The stem cells taken from the bone marrow will then be sent to the lab to grow them on the membrane, called a bio-scaffold, which forms the basis of the bandage. Two weeks later the bandage would be sent back to Southmead for an arthroscopy operation, using a small camera, to implant the bandage into the site of the injury. more

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