Device for Collagenous Tissue Repair
BioE Professor Jeffrey Ruberti was awarded a patent for a “Collagenous tissue repair device.”
Abstract Source: USPTO
Methods and devices for tissue remodeling and repair of collagenous tissues, including tendons, ligaments, and bone, as well as scalable connective tissue manufacturing, are provided. Collagen fibers are assembled by extensional strain-induced flow crystallization of collagen monomers. Extensional strain also drives the fusion of already formed short collagen fibrils to produce long-range, continuous fibers. Wearable devices for controlled tissue remodeling and wound healing deliver a tissue remodeling solution to a tissue repair site. The remodeling solution, together with appropriate application of strain to the tissue remodeling site, accelerate healing, prevent injury, and reduce scar formation.