Clinical Trial Starts for Cartilage Repair Using Others' Cells (News)

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Osaka, Dec. 6 (Jiji Press)—An Osaka University team said Wednesday that it has launched a clinical trial to transplant tissues created from other people's cells into patients with damaged cartilage in the knee joint.

Currently, there is no effective cure for damage to joint cartilage, which absorbs impact and enables smooth body motion.

The team, led by professor Nakamura Norimasa, has developed artificial tissues by cultivating mesenchymal stem cells included in synovial membranes inside joints.

The transplantation of the tissues is expected to repair damaged cartilage, while physical stress on patients are seen decreasing as stem cells to produce the tissues are collected from other people. In addition, the costs are lower.

The team has commissioned Hiroshima-based medical startup Twocells Co. to conduct the clinical study, in which a total of 70 patients will receive either the new treatment or existing procedures for comparison.

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