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Saving face

How EpiBone is reconstructing facial bones from patient-derived stem cells

December 13, 2016 10:49 PM UTC

Reconstructive surgery to repair damaged or congenitally deformed bones in the face usually requires transplanting bone from another part of the body through complicated and painful procedures with imperfect results. EpiBone Inc. is developing a new stem cell-based solution that engineers patient-specific, anatomically accurate facial bones without requiring multiple invasive surgeries.

Despite progress for other bones, reconstructing bones in the face is particularly challenging because they have complex shapes and movable joints, and are involved in complicated functions such as chewing...

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