US National Institutes of Health awards second research grant to Nanovis

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Nanovis has received a grant award from the National Institute on Aging, part of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). To date, Nanovis’ spinal nanotechnology platform and soft tissue regeneration nanotechnology platform have received eight competitive, peer-reviewed grants from the NIH and other research organisations.

The grant will be used to fund pre-clinical studies exploring the potential benefits of Nanovis’ deeply porous FortiCore interbody fusion devices enhanced with Nanovis’ nanotube technology. The FortiCore interbody fusion device will be studied together with Nanovis’ nanosurfaced FortiFix pedicle screws to determine their potential impact on improving aspects of recovery following spinal fusion procedures. Nanovis’ nanotube technology and nanosurfaced pedicle screws are currently in pre-clinical development.

This research is being led by Rick Guyer, co-founder of the Texas Back Institute, Plano, USA and director of the Spine Fellowship Program, and Jean-Jacques Abitbol, past-president of the North American Spina Society and founder of the California Spine Group, San Diego, USA. Abitbol and Guyer are also leading other Nanovis research efforts funded by the NIH, studying the benefits of nanotube enhanced FortiCore spinal implants.

“The surface structure of medical devices plays a critical role in how the body heals around an implant. Mimicking natural surfaces at the nano-scale, about the size of a protein, to encourage natural regenerative processes may improve results for patients challenged to quickly heal on their own,” says Guyer, co-investigator of the study. “Nanovis’ science-focused approach to developing unique implant technologies shows significant potential to enhance performance. This research will evaluate the differentiated capabilities and unique potential of these advanced technologies.”