The implants offer new options for the treatment of critical-sized cartilage lesions on the articulate surface of the knee. Ultimately, the Nanochon implant is intended to be used in the treatment of tears, sports injuries, early onset osteoarthritis and other forms of full-thickness cartilage loss.

Nanochon uses novel 3-D printing techniques and biologically-inspired, synthetic nanomaterials along with computer-aided design, to create functional 3-D cartilage  implants. Current prototypes have been shown to maintain load-bearing properties and effectively induce biologic bone, vascular, and cartilage in-growth. The prototypes’ abilities are achieved through the innovative micro-to-nano design of the printed synthetic implant.  This design demonstrates biologically-comparable mechanical strength, and encourages blood and fluid implant perfusion. In both a laboratory setting and in a small animal model, Nanochon’s implant lead to rapid and enhanced bone and vascular in-growth  over the short-term, and cartilage growth over the long-term. 

Our ultimate goal is to use these nanomaterials along with advanced 3-D production quality printing systems to produce cost effective on-demand devices that will greatly improve patient outcomes in young and active patients with knee damage. Our technology can be an effective alternative to the standard types of cartilage tissue repair and grafting procedures already available. Traditional procedures have been shown to have unpredictable results. The potential of the Nanochon implant to be a consistently effective treatment option would greatly improve patient outcomes.