Octane Wins 2020 Edison Award in Cellular Research for AUTOGRAFTA™ Synthesis of Living Grafts for Skeletal Reconstruction
Maine, USA, 18 March 2020 – Octane innovations in tissue engineering, personalized medicine and automated living implant production have earned one of the highest Edison Awards, winning Gold in the Medical / Dental Cellular Research category.
The Gold award recognizes AUTOGRAFTA™ living graft technology and the ability to produce the graft using the Cocoon bioreactor – Octane inventions that enable the automated synthetic production of living tissue from a patient’s cells for use as orthopedic implants in bone, cartilage or tendon reconstruction.
“We are honoured to be recognized by the Edison Awards,” says Octane CEO Tim Smith. “It’s yet another validation of the great work our scientists do here at Octane, and it inspires us even more to drive our vision of making regenerative medicine the standard of care.”
With AUTOGRAFTA, donor cells removed from a patient are engineered within the automated bioreactor environment of Cocoon to produce a living implant that regenerates original biological function without negative side effects. This innovative combination of advanced implant technology and automated production elevates tissue engineering to a commercial scale.
“AUTOGRAFTA and Cocoon restore the natural function of damaged tissues without implanting unnatural metallic and plastic hardware,” says Smith. “The result is lasting natural recovery without the worries around long-term implant rejection and complex secondary surgeries.”
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About the Edison Awards
The Edison Awards is the world’s most revered Innovation Award dedicated to recognizing and honoring the best in innovation and innovators since 1987. For more information about the Edison Awards complete program and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com
About Octane Technology
Cocoon™ is a patient-scale cell therapy system that forms the core of a series of versatile cell and tissue therapy production systems. Unlike other bioreactor systems, this platform integrates multiple steps, including upstream and downstream processing. From cell source isolation and cell expansion, through to cell collection, cell washing and final product formation – all in a closed, single-use disposable cassette.
Coupled with advanced bioreactors, biosensor feedback and innovative cell scaffolds, this cell culture and tissue engineering platform opens up an array of clinical applications. Cocoon is an integrated turnkey production solution that can be configured as a compact but powerful system with a small footprint, or as a multi-patient system for ultra-efficient, enterprise-level deployment. Please read more about Cocoon and our other innovations in regenerative medicine .