Bone Replacement

The problem

There are several solutions currently used to replace missing joints or bones, or to support damaged bones. One predominant solution is bone allografts, which is the process of taking bone segments from a cadaver donor and grafting them onto the patient. However, there are complications involved with this process: the soft tissue that promotes bone healing is removed from the donor bone before being implanted, causing long-term complications.

2.2 million

bone graft procedures performed annually (and about 1/3 of these procedures use bone allograft)

between 25% and 60%

of segmental bone allografts suffer from high rates of failure due to fracture, non-union, and infection

OUr Solution

Develop new coatings for bone allografts that act as a substitute for the removed soft tissue and promote bone and blood vessel healing, reduce the risk of infection, and improve the outcomes of bone allograft procedures.

Dr. Matt Kipper Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering & School of Biomedical Engineering


Save lives

Dramatically reduce failure rates in medical procedures and current solutions.



Equip more students to learn how to solve problems across interdisciplinary boundaries.

Expand existing research

Prepare students to bring knowledge to post-CSU careers, and encourage students to apply knowledge in new ways.

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Matt Carlyon
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