Bone Therapeutics, a Belgium regenerative therapy company addressing unmet medical needs releated to bone diseases and orthopaedics, and Kasios, a French synthetic bone substitute specialist, have announce a two-year collaboration to develop a novel product for spinal fusion procedures. The collaboration combines Bone Therapeutics' allogeneic osteoblastic cell therapy product ALLOB with Kasios's synthetic micro-granules bone substitute. The project is subsidized by the government of the Walloon Region.
Bone Therapeutics and Kasios believe the combined product offering will create a novel approach to spine fusion, where previous methods have failed to provide the three essential properties required for bone formation in this specific indication: osteoconduction, when bone graft material serves as a support for new bone growth; osteoinduction, in which immature cells are recruited and stimulated to develop into bone-forming cells or "osteoblasts;" and osteogenesis, the production of new bone. Bone Therapeutics' allogeneic osteoblastic cell therapy product ALLOB already has shown bone forming properties including osteoinduction and osteogenicity, as well as excellent safety and efficacy in preclinical studies.
Combining Bone Therapeutics' ALLOB cells with Kasios TCP's osteoconductive micro-granules has the potential to enhance 3D growth and bone growth in spine fusion, bringing advantages in stability and structure. Osteoconduction is particularly key in spine fusion procedures, where larger fracture areas create a need for more structural support, which Kasios' micro-granules can provide.
A number of methods have been developed and proposed to promote spinal fusion, such as ceramics, cadaver bones, osteoinductive growth factors or undifferentiated stem cells. However, non-union of bone and persistent pain following spinal fusion intervention is still common so further improvements in the procedure that improve safety and efficacy still are strongly needed.