MUSCULOSKELETAL TRANSPLANT FOUNDATION
Bone Biologics has formed a formal strategic alliance with the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) on the collaborative development of osteoinductive products that incorporate MTF’s current product line of natural bone graft substitutes with NELL-1. MTF is the world’s largest allograft supplier and has become one of the major investors in Bone Biologics. It is also the country’s largest full service tissue organization dedicated to providing quality tissue through a commitment to excellence in education, research, recovery and care for recipients, donors and their families. A not-for-profit organization, MTF is a consortium of academic medical institutions and organ and tissue recovery organizations across the country. Since its inception in 1987, MTF has recovered tissue from more than 90,000 donors and distributed more than 5 million grafts for transplantation. We anticipate that MTF, with its proven ISO 901 manufacturing and packaging of FDA approved osteogenic carriers, will significantly accelerate the clinical development cycle of NELL-1 related products.
Orthofix International N.V. is a diversified, global medical device company focused on improving patients' lives by providing superior reconstructive and regenerative orthopedic and spine solutions to physicians worldwide. Headquartered in Lewisville, Texas, the Company has four strategic business units that include BioStim, Biologics, Extremity Fixation and Spine Fixation. Orthofix products are widely distributed via the Company's sales representatives, distributors and its subsidiaries. In addition, Orthofix is collaborating on research and development activities with leading clinical organizations such as the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation and the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
HANKEY CAPITAL, LLC
Hankey Capital, LLC, a member of the Hankey Group of Companies, is a private equity firm based in Los Angeles, California. The Hankey Group of Companies is one of the largest subprime auto finance lending organizations in the United States and provides a broad array of equity and debt capital solutions to emerging growth companies as well as origination and management of a significant auto and real estate asset-based finance portfolio.
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 was founded in 2004 by Dr. Chia Soo, MD/Vice-Chair and Professor, UCLA Hospital Dept of Orthopedic Surgery; Dr. Kang Ting DMD, DMSc/Professor, UCLA Dental School; and Dr. Benjamin Wu, DDS, PhD/Chair and Professor, UCLA Dept of Bioengineering.The Company was acquired in 2006 by MTF, the major shareholder and primary funder since the acquisition.
Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, USA, Bone Biologics became a public company in September 2014 and is focused on bone repair and regeneration applications. The company 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.
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