Making cartilage from cartilage? In the laboratories of TiGenix they do that every day. A piece of cartilage the size of a grain of rice is all that's needed to generate new cartilage. For a damaged knee, for example.
Based on cell therapy TiGenix developed a product called 'ChrondoCelect'. This makes it possible to take cartilage cells from a patient's knee, grow them and then re-implant them in the knee. At TiGenix, a tiny piece of cartilage is set to grow and 2 months later new cartilage is ready for use.
The knee is one of the most important joints in our body and is subject to considerable stress. Damaged knee cartilage occurs frequently as a result of injury or wear and is very troublesome as it restricts mobility.
In 2012, the state-of-the-art factory at Chemelot where ChrondoCelect is produced passed the strict inspection by the European Medicines Agency, allowing the product to be applied widely.