Collagen is the material that binds cells together, holds organs in place, gives tissues their mechanical properties, connects muscles to bone (tendons) and holds joints together (ligaments); it is the framework of the body upon which tissues are built. Tendons and ligaments are composed predominantly of collagen.
The CollaFix™ technology was developed to mimic the natural composition, structure and mechanical properties of musculoskeletal tissues in order to augment their repair. Our materials are designed to function as a temporary mechanical support to allow early rehabilitation after surgical repair, which is crucial for optimal repair of tendons and ligaments. It acts as a scaffold for the emerging repair cells to generate a new tissue. CollaFix™ is also biodegradable and gradually disappears during the repair process and after the repair is complete.
The core of the CollaFix™ technology is based on collagen fibers that are the size of a human hair and are fabricated in continuous lengths of spooled collagen fibers. These fibers are cross-linked with a cross-linking agent that not only makes them incredibly strong, but also makes them biocompatible, functionally long-lived after implantation, and resorbable, with the added advantage that products resulting from the natural degradation process are also biocompatible.
CollaFix™ constructs are designed to mimic the native tissue biomechanics of the tissue they are meant to replace.
This technology is not yet available for sale in the United States.