Spinal cord implant earns breakthrough device designation


CelluBridge, a spinal cord scaffold implant, has received the FDA's breakthrough device designation.

Biomaterials startup Spiderwort designed the product, which uses a plant-based cellulose scaffold to promote spinal cord tissue regeneration after traumatic injuries.

The designation will "increase the speed at which we will initiate our clinical trials," CEO and co-founder Charles Cuerrier said in a Nov. 12 announcement.

Spiderwort is preparing for a Series A financing round in 2021 as it moves closer to clinical trials.

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