Start-up of US-based study for treatment of Rotator Cuff Tears with Artelon® Tissue Reinforcement

Västra Frölunda, Sweden, October 27, 2008

Artimplant has agreed with Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates, Tulsa, Oklahoma to execute a clinical study on patients with soft tissue injuries in the rotator cuff.

The study comprises 25 patients with one year follow up and is estimated to be completed the first quarter of 2010. Dr. Thomas Marberry has operated on their first patient with Artelon® Tissue Reinforcement.

Dr. Thomas Marberry says;
”Tears of the rotator cuff tendons are one of the most common causes of shoulder pain and disability in the upper extremity. In our study we will treat patients with large or massive rotator cuff tears. I am excited with the benefit that Artelon® Tissue Reinforcement may provide to my patients. The objective with our study is to scientifically confirm the positive clinical experience we have with the product so far.”

Hans Rosen, CEO Artimplant says;
“We are very enthusiastic about the cooperation with Dr. Marberry and his colleagues at Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates. This study is an important step forward in strengthening the scientific and commercial basis for the use of Artelon® in rotator cuff tears.”

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