July 30, 2015
FORT WAYNE, IN – BioPoly LLC announced today that it has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with UK-based global distributor, OrthoD Group Ltd, to distribute its BioPoly® partial resurfacing family of products. Through OrthoD’s extensive distribution network within its subsidiaries ORTHODYNAMICS, SUMMIT MEDICAL and ORTHOMED, BioPoly now has access to orthopaedic markets throughout the world. “We are very excited to be partnering with OrthoD,” stated Herb Schwartz, PhD, President of BioPoly LLC. “We have expended a significant amount of effort to ensure that we were partnering with the right organization who would be able to drive and support the marketing and growing sales of our BioPoly products. From their sales portfolio to their extensive worldwide coverage to their experienced team, OrthoD is definitely the right distribution partner for BioPoly.”
BioPoly implants are manufactured from a next generation biomaterial that is cartilage-friendly, thus, allowing the implant to interact with native cartilage. Therefore, these implants have been designed to replace the damaged portion of joints with minimally invasive surgical techniques as opposed to replacing the entire joint. The CE-marked, BioPoly® RS Partial Resurfacing Knee Implants were first introduced to the European market in 2012 and have been performing extremely well in patients ever since. A new patella implant called the BioPoly® RS Partial Resurfacing Patella received its CE-mark and was introduced to the market in 2014 and a new shoulder implant called the BioPoly® RS Partial Resurfacing Shoulder is planned to be introduced later this year.
BioPoly LLC is an ISO 13485 certified orthopaedic implant manufacturer located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Company is developing, manufacturing and marketing products for use in sports medicine, orthopaedics, and spinal markets. Additional medical applications of the BioPoly® technology in cardiovascular and trauma markets are also being pursued.
OrthoD Group Ltd is a UK-based orthopaedic device manufacturer and distributor with distribution partners in over fifty countries. OrthoD, through its subsidiaries, is active in the design development manufacture and distribution of orthopaedic accessories and sports medicine products, to which the BioPoly RS range is a perfect fit.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occuring substance found in joint synovial fluid. Its primary role is to act as a lubricant enabling smooth pain free articulation.
Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethelyne (UHMWPE) is a biocompatible polymer with a long history of use in orthopaedic implants, primarily as the bearing material in total joint arthroplasty.
Utilizing a patented process these two materials have been combined to create an advanced orthopaedic biomaterial with exceptional wear properties and sufficient strength to support anatomical loading.
|Histological image of BioPoly in an osteochondral defect from a preclinical study|
The BioPoly™ material with its interpenetrated HA molecules give BioPoly enhanced lubricity over traditional UHMWPE contributing to lower wear rates and a lower coefficient of friction.
With the now hydrophilic (water attracting) surface the BioPoly material can better interface with hydrophilic tissues like natural cartilage.
BioPoly has sufficient strength to support anatomical loading yet it has a stiffness an order of magnitude less than implantable metals.
|Wear data from pin on disc wear testing against cobalt chrome|