This process involves combining hydroxyapatite nanocrystals and a polymer in a patented way so that they co-precipitate and mineralize into a bone-like material. Cross-linking reactions occur that create a strong polymer-mineral matrix mimicking natural bone. This composite is extremely biocompatible and can be implanted into damaged bone mass where it rapidly integrates with surrounding material.
This process yields a strong, bone mimetic substance made from the same calcium hydroxylapatite as natural bone. It is highly biocompatible and exhibits rapid integration with tissue and structure around the implantation site. Moreover, it is relatively inexpensive compared to a similar collagen-based procedure.
Bone substitutes made for surgical implantation include many kinds of metals, ceramics, cements, donor bone mass, and collagen-derived bone re-growth materials. These are each plagued with their own problems including leachates, brittleness, mechanical incompatibility, infection, high cost, etc. Overall, no one material is strong, cost-effective, biocompatible, and capable of integrating with host tissue.Edit Summary