Utah Patent of the Month – July 2021

Scoliosis is a medical condition which results in a curvature of the spine. Traditional corrective methods include braces, surgeries, and exercise routines. Most often, surgery is the most effective form but also the most invasive. Predictive Therapeutics, LLC has developed an alternative treatment method using biological implants for bone growth management.

This method is significantly less invasive that a typical scoliosis surgery. The first biological implant uses Parathyroid hormone (PTH) to stimulate bone growth through a controlled release. The second implant has a bone growth inhibitor made of a compound including methotrexate, again with a controlled release. The procedure is optimal for those that have been screened for a predisposition to scoliosis, allowing for a combative procedure while the spine is still growing. The first implant is inserted between vertebrae, on the concave side, near a growth plate and is inserted via a trocar. The second implant is positioned on the convex side via a trocar. A trocar is a surgical instrument that can transport fluids or other small components into a body in a minimally invasive way. In response to the first implant, placed on the concave side of the spine, the vertebra grows a greater amount of bone on this side. This controlled, asymmetric growth repositions the spine, leading to a straighter spine. 

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