Marcel Karperien, professor at the department of Developmental Bioengineering, developed an injectable hydrogel to repair damaged cartilage and potentially prevent the onset of osteoarthritis. Together with his colleagues from TechMed Centre, UMC Utrecht and Hy2Care, he optimized the gel to make it suitable for use in humans.
A knee that is as good as new again, without major surgery or a prosthesis. That is something osteoarthritis patients can only dream of. But this will soon change, according to UT professor Marcel Karperien. If all goes well, the first patients will have their sore knee healed with an injectable hydrogel plaster before 2020. Made by MIRA.