Start-Up Previews (09/2011)
This Month's Profile Group: Cartilage Repair: Opportunities In Motion-Preserving Orthopedics, features profiles of Articulinx, Carticept Medical and Orthox. Plus these Start-Ups Across Health Care: Ellipse Technologies, JDP Therapeutics, NuMe Health and SironRX Therapeutics.
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NuMe Health Inc. aims to market mixtures of edible substances that will act as "prebiotics" to shift ratios of certain bacteria in the lower intestine. The start-up intends to educate consumers about how "managing the microbiome" with products that are not drugs can positively affect metabolic health. First up: a mixture NuMe expects will improve biomarkers associated with pre-diabetes.
UK-based Orthox Ltd. has developed a meniscus replacement technology derived from the high-strength silk proteins found in spider web. The company is hoping to offer the best long-term, load-bearing solution for this underserved segment of the orthopedics market.
JDP Therapeutics Inc. is working to reformulate an off-patent oral drug into an injectable form that will treat the peripheral, non-life-threatening symptoms of acute allergic reactions to substances such as peanuts and seafood. The benefit envisioned? Fewer side effects than the IV Benadryl currently given to relieve body swelling and itching.