Over one million musculoskeletal procedures performed in the U.S. involve bone void filling, also known as bone grafting, and such procedures are most commonly required for spinal fusion, trauma, and revision total joint replacement procedures. It is estimated that the current market size for treating tibial plateau fractures, stress fractures around joints, and decompression of necrosed bone is around $300 million.
“We’re proud to announce the U.S. regulatory clearance of our innovative injectable HA-based bone void filler, which represents the U.S. commercial debut of our robust regenerative medicine portfolio,” said Charles H. Sherwood, Ph.D., CEO of Anika Therapeutics. “The rapid 510(k) clearance is a testament to Anika’s operational and strategic expertise. In addition, this new treatment represents a promising revenue growth opportunity, and advances our mission to provide innovative treatments to patients that address the full continuum of orthopedic care.”
While the use of autologous bone or autograft has been the gold standard of treatment for bone grafting, the increased risk of procedural complications has prompted a shift towards alternate treatments1, such as synthetic, resorbable bone graft substitute materials. According to Dr. John Tierney, D.O., an orthopedic surgeon affiliated with New England Baptist Hospital, who has worked with our bone repair treatment: “Anika’s 510(k) clearance allows for the marketing of one of only a handful of bone graft substitutes that can be administered in a minimally invasive manner. It offers physicians an additional option for treating bone defects or injuries, without the need for expensive and high risk surgeries, while also reducing the operating room time spent on each case.” This positive physician feedback enhances our excitement about bringing this much-needed treatment to patients in the U.S.
1Marc Bohner, Resorbable biomaterials as bone graft substitutes, In Materials Today, Volume 13, Issues 1–2, 2010, Pages 24-30, ISSN 1369-7021, https://doi.org/10.1016/S1369-7021(10)70014-6.