Story excerpt provided by Kevin Volz.
Toledo, Ohio-based company OsteoNovus, Inc. has completed construction of a new custom clean room manufacturing facility, and it’s a win for the community. The company is developing synthetic bone graft substitutes that are intended to fill gaps or voids in the skeletal system during orthopedic surgery. Once in place, the implant will dissolve and will be eventually replaced by the patient’s own new bone.
“This product will be revolutionary,” said Anand Agarwal, MD, the co-founder and president of OsteoNovus. “Doctors will be able use NovoGro to fuse spines, treat fractures and return patients to health very quickly.” NovoGro has been under development by its three co-founders (Dr. Bhaduri, Dr. Agarwal and Dr. Goel) and their graduate students at the University of Toledo for more than three years.
Typically, products like these are produced by external manufacturing companies across the country. With OsteoNovus moving into their new facility at LaunchPad Incubation earlier this year, the company can keep this process in-house and produce their products in Toledo.
“Thanks to this new clean room we have no need to outsource our manufacturing,” said Agarwal. “This allows us to create these jobs here in Ohio.”
The OsteoNovus manufacturing facility is much cleaner than an operating room. This clean room space will control the contamination, temperature and humidity of the air within the production environment. The products themselves will also be sterilized after manufacturing, allowing OsteoNovus to provide its customers with high quality products.
OsteoNovus credits much of its early successes to grants from Ohio Third Frontier, The University of Toledo, Rocket Ventures and private investors. These grants have helped fund the important studies and testing that are required when developing new biomedical technologies.