Biologics Inc. (RTI) (Nasdaq: RTIX), the Florida-based processor of
orthopedic, dental, hernia and other biologic implants, has donated
Matrix HD™ sterilized dermis allografts to use in limb salvage
procedures for victims of the recent natural disasters in Haiti.
“RTI is pleased to donate Matrix HD to treat these patients”
A group of surgeons from Barry University and Mercy Hospital in Miami,
Fla., will leave this week to treat patients in Haiti, many of whom will
need the Matrix HD™ allografts to save their arms or legs from
“These grafts from RTI are very important because we do not have the
surgical equipment or facilities available to harvest autografts from
the patients, and we can apply these allografts without general
anesthesia,” said Dr. Thomas J. Merrill, D.P.M., professor of surgery
for the School of Podiatric Medicine at Barry University and podiatric
reconstructive surgeon for Mercy Hospital. “The Matrix HD allografts are
durable and will withstand the conditions in Haiti right now. These
grafts will save these patients’ limbs.”
Matrix HD is acellular human dermis processed using the Tutoplast®
Tissue Sterilization Process. The allograft dermis is collagenous
connective tissue with three-dimensional intertwined fibers that retain
the multidirectional and mechanical properties of native dermis. Matrix
HD supports cellular revascularization and repopulation by the host
tissue and has been used in a variety of applications, including sports
medicine, urology, breast reconstruction and other surgical specialties.
“RTI is pleased to donate Matrix HD to treat these patients,” said Roger
W. Rose, executive vice president for RTI. “We commend and support our
surgeon customers in their contributions to this much needed cause and
their efforts to use Matrix HD to help people affected by the earthquake
Allograft is tissue surgically transplanted from one person to another.
Most allograft tissue is recovered surgically after someone dies; the
donor must have consented to the donation before death or the donor’s
family must consent after death. Tissue transplantation can have many
benefits for recipients including repairing tissue defects caused by
trauma or disease, restoring mobility and regaining independence in
Allografts are used as an alternative to synthetic and metal implants.
However, unlike synthetic or metal implants, allografts are a natural
and biocompatible scaffold, allowing the recipient’s body to remodel it
into his or her own tissue over time. Using allograft tissue rather than
an autograft – or tissue from one’s own body – eliminates a second
surgical site, allowing the recipient to avoid additional pain, risk and
a possible longer hospital stay.
RTI honors the gift of tissue donation by treating the tissue with
respect, by finding new ways to use the tissue to help patients and by
helping as many patients as possible from each donation.