This article was originally published in Start Up
UK-based Orthox Ltd. has developed a meniscus replacement technology derived from the high-strength silk proteins found in spider web. The company is hoping to offer the best long-term, load-bearing solution for this underserved segment of the orthopedics market.
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Start-ups and investors are looking to address the large and growing gap between palliative treatment and major joint surgery for patients with cartilage damage in the knee, toes and hands - although the FDA is putting up more roadblocks than ever before. In this issue we profile Articulinx, Carticept Medical and Orthox.