Bone Biologics is a publicly traded company based in Boston, MA and is focused on developing and marketing orthobiologic products. Our proprietary platform technology is NELL-1, a recombinant human protein growth factor that is essential for normal bone development. Our lead product is a NELL-1 based bone graft substitute for spine fusion, targeting the rapidly growing orthobiologics market. Our goal is to offer patients superior safety with uncompromising efficacy relative to existing technologies. NELL-1 provides specific targeted regulation over bone regeneration in the presence of targeted osteogenic cells, as both demonstrated in the lab and through the use of animal testing, unlike any other current therapy. It has been shown not to form bone when applied to non-osteogenic cells such as myoblasts (a type of embryonic progenitor cell that differentiates to give rise to muscle cells) nor does it induce adipogenesis (the formation of fat that can occur within the bone matrix often exhibited as cysts) that results in weaker bone.
Our mission is to utilize the power of NELL-1 to improve clinical outcomes and reduce total health care delivery costs associated with spinal fusion. Bone Biologics is focused on bone repair and regeneration applications and is committed to exploring additional applications of the NELL-1 technology to enhance bone regeneration and repair in areas where the current options provide suboptimal patient outcomes.
The Bone Biologics leadership team consists of some of the top leaders and innovators of orthobiologics in regenerative medicine. Not only does our leadership provide strategic oversight of the Company, they contribute to the collective advancement of the industry. This leadership is instrumental in fulfilling our mission to improve clinical outcomes and reduce health care delivery costs associated with lumbar spinal fusion.
While Bone Biologics has chosen to focus its initial product development efforts in spinal fusion, we believe that this regenerative medicine technology has potential in the broader fields of bone regeneration and repair including osteoporosis, chondrocytes and applications using mesenchymal stem cells.
Bone Biologics Corp Completes Merger with AFH Acquisition X, Inc
Edison, NJ, October 16, 2014– Bone Biologics, Corp., (“Bone Biologics” or “The Company”) a company developing a proprietary protein for use in bone regenerative medicine using the patented recombinant human protein known as UCB-1 (or NELL-1™) for use with patients undergoing spinal fusion, announced today the completion of a reverse merger of privately held Bone Biologics, Inc. and AFH Acquisition X, Inc, a fully-reporting company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Upon completion of the merger, the combined company changed its name to Bone Biologics, Corp and anticipates that trading in the Company’s common stock will commence on the OTC Bulletin Board following regulatory approvals.
Following the completion of the merger, the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF), the nation’s leading tissue bank and majority shareholder, remains as the largest shareholder. For the last eight years MTF has been an investor in Bone Biologics and will continue its support for the Company’s development of Bone Biologics revolutionary bone growth factor. In connection with the merger, Bruce Stroever, the president and CEO of MTF, will serve as Chairman of the Bone Biologics Board and Michael Schuler, MTF’s Vice President of New Business Development, will serve as Chief Executive Officer. William Jay Treat, PhD. was appointed the Company’s President and Chief Technology Officer.
Nell-1, a bone growth factor has been developed by Bone Biologics, Inc. in partnership with University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as a more specific alternative to other bone growth factors used in health care today. In large animal studies, NELL-1 exhibited none of the side effects currently associated with other bone growth factors including ectopic bone growth, extraneous bone growth or cyst formation. The next phase will be completing the development and testing work needed to seek regulatory approval for the initial pilot study in human clinical trials.
William Jay Treat said, “”We are pleased with the completion of this merger which will now allow the company to move from basic research to preparation for clinical trials. With our aging population and the growing need for regenerative bone solutions, we are optimistic that Bone Biologics will be an attractive and preferred solution in this dynamic and growing marketplace.”
About Bone Biologics
Bone Biologics was founded by University of California Los Angeles professors in collaboration with an Osaka University professor, and a USC surgeon in 2004. Formed to pursue regenerative medicine for bone, the company currently has as its strategic partners the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, the nation’s leading tissue bank and Orthofix a leading global medical device company. Bone Biologics is currently focused on bone regeneration in spinal fusion using its recombinant human protein known as NELL-1™. NELL-1 is an osteoinductive orthobiologic; a recombinant protein that provides control over bone regeneration. This patent protected technology has been exclusively licensed to Bone Biologics from UCLA. For more information visit www.bonebiologics.com.
The Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Edison, NJ, is a national consortium comprised of leading organ procurement organizations, tissue recovery organizations and academic medical institutions. Since its inception in 1987 MTF has received tissue from more than 100,000 donors and distributed more than five million grafts for transplantation. For more information visit www.mtf.org
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