Ars Arthro AG
This article was originally published in Start Up
Ars Arthro's technology, called CaReS, is a cartilage regeneration system that uses harvested cartilage cells which are isolated, then immediately imbedded in a collagen matrix, and then incubated to create a replacement product that can be shaped or molded by surgeons for a precise fit to fix cartilage defects.
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