Nasseo, a medical technology company dedicated to developing enhanced surface technologies for dental and orthopedic applications, has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The NSF grant funding will further Nasseo’s work improving spinal implants by using a nano-engineered surface coating; Nasseo will conduct feasibility studies with an optimized nanotube surface on medical grade polyether ether ketone (PEEK).
When applied to PEEK implants, Nasseo’s nanotube surface technology maintains the benefit of the material’s radiolucency while providing an enhanced bone response. The company’s aim is to improve the osseointegration of PEEK spinal interbody fusion devices.
“The National Science Foundation’s interest in advancing our work is a distinct honor. The grant will accelerate development of our unique platform surface technology, with an ultimate goal of improving clinical outcomes for orthopedic patient care,” said Dr. Garrett Cale Smith, Nasseo’s co-founder and CTO, who will also serve as primary investigator on the study.
Nasseo holds four issued patents on nanotube platform technology. To date, over 10 years of research have validated Nasseo’s nanotube surface technology; numerous studies have demonstrated enhanced bone cell response and anti-bacterial properties compared with conventional implant surfaces.