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Overview of innovation

This innovation developed by researchers at Wits University is a neurosponge for the restriction, repair and regeneration of damaged neuronal tissue

Traumatic spinal cord injuries, due to their devastating nature, present several interventional challenges which include: extensive inflammation, scar formation, neuronal degeneration and functional loss. These need to be addressed before even a slight neuronal recovery can be achieved.

Available biomaterials, acting as nerve conduits to allow directed axonal growth, have had little success in providing effective repair means. The approach developed at Wits utilizes a specialized polymer engineered to act as a neural sponge that addresses these challenges by acting as a scaffold for neuronal regeneration.

Type of Intellectual Property protection
Patent
Innovation Opportunity Type
Collaboration
Funding
Licensing
Partnership
Pilot
Industry
Human health and social work activities
Therapeutics
Pharmaceuticals and Biopharmaceuticals
Medical Devices
Technology Readiness Level
TRL 4 – Experimental prototype developed
Website link
https://wits-enterprise.co.za/innovation-support/innovations/scaffold-for-spinal-cord-other-nerve-injuries