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The Edge Singapore8/16/2019 07:00 AM GMT+08  • 7 min read
More than just bone regeneration
Osteopore sees huge market potential for its bone regeneration technology. Its bigger goal, however, is helping patients recover to full life.
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Osteopore sees huge market potential for its bone regeneration technology. Its bigger goal, however, is helping patients recover to full life.

SINGAPORE (Aug 19): In 2017, an Australian man in his 20s developed a severe infection in his tibia that resulted in 36cm of his bone being removed. Bone grafting is a proven solution but is limited only to a short segment, not something of this scale. Another solution was to amputate the shin from kneecap down. However, his joints at the knee and ankle were fi ne, as were the nerves in the leg. “If you can replace that bone, you can restore a functional limb,” recounts Dr Michael Wagels, a surgeon with Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital.

A team of surgeons, scientists and researchers got to work. Dr Wagels and the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Additive Biomanufacturing, part of the Queensland University of Technology, created a customised design of a replacement for the young man’s tibia.

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