Full Title:
Novel Bone Morphogenetic Protein 6-Biocompatible Carrier Device for Bone Regeneration

Fp7 – Health - Collaborative project

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Goals: We propose a regenerative medicine clinical trial of the therapeutic system OSTEOGROW for regenerating bone through harnessing a novel bone device to accelerate and enhance bone repair.
The osteogenic device is composed of an autologous carrier and a biologically active recombinant human protein offering a therapeutic solution in bone regeneration superior to currently available options.

The autologous carrier is a whole blood-derived coagulum device (WBCD) from the peripheral blood of a patient, which will act as an endogenous biocompatible material causing significantly less inflammatory reactions than currently used bone devices. The bone inducing molecule is the recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein 6 (BMP6) which binds to WBCD and is more potent than other BMPs in stimulating bone formation in preclinical animal models. The consortium members will scale-up the production of BMP6 from an already developed working cell bank to enter clinical trials on bone regeneration. The bone diseases we will treat locally with OSTEOGROW are acute radius fractures and recalcitrant non-unions of the tibia. These conditions are widespread and highly debilitating diseases for which such therapy holds great promise.

Workflow: Preliminary pre-clinical data are already available, and clinical grade (GMP) BMP6 will be available before the beginning of the project to perform toxicology studies and to determine the final formulation of OSTEOGROW. Clinical trials will start within 18 months from the start of the project funding.

Business strategy: SMEs Genera Research and BioTest will develop and validate the BMP6 production in their facilities. Consortium members from Medical University of Vienna, Sarajevo University Clinical Centre, Linkoping University Faculty of Health Sciences, Zagreb University Trauma Clinic, SMART Medico and Paul Regulatory Services will perform, monitor and coordinate clinical trials. OSTEOGROW will find a wide use in human and veterinary medicine.

54 months (01/01/2012 - 30/06/2016)

Project Funding:
5.683.089,30 €

University of Zagreb
Prof. Slobodan Vukicevic (Coordinator)
Laboratory for Mineralized Tissues
Center for Translational and Clinical Research
University of Zagreb School of Medicine
Salata 3
10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: +385 1 4566812


  • University of Zagreb, Croatia, School of Medicine (Prof. Slobodan Vukicevic)
  • Genera Research, Croatia (Dr Hermann Oppermann)
  • Linköping University Faculty of Health Sciences, Sweden (Prof. Per Aspenberg)
  • MediTox s.r.o., Czech Republic (Dr Martin Slais)
  • Medical University Vienna, Department of Orthopedics, Austria (Prof. Reinhard Windhager)
  • University of Sarajevo Clinical Center, Orthopedic and Traumatology Clinic, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Prof. Ismet Gavrankapetanovic)
  • Paul Regulatory Services Ltd, United Kingdom (Dr Ruth Paul)
  • Clinical Hospital Sisters of Mercy, Traumatology Hospital Zagreb, Croatia (Dr Dragan Durdevic)
  • Smart Medico, Croatia (Dr Snjezana Martinovic)
  • SGS Vitrology Ltd, United Kingdom (Dr Archie Lovatt)
  • European Research and Project Office GmbH, Saarbrücken, Germany (Melanie Haupenthal)

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