Zimmer Launches Biological Rotator Cuff Repair Product

June 6, 2005

Zimmer Holdings has launched a biological patch for the repair of rotator cuff injuries in the shoulder.

The underlying technology was developed by UK-based Tissue Science Laboratories (TSL) and is being marketed by Zimmer as the Zimmer Collagen Repair (ZCR) Patch. The ZCR Patch offers high resistance to collagenase activity and breakdown in the body promotes increased repair stability throughout the healing process. The ZCR Patch also offers reduced inflammatory response characteristics within the body due to TSL's processing technology.

The ZCR Patch is a chemically crosslinked, acellular sheet of collagen/elastin that is derived from porcine dermis. It is a durable implant, highly resistant to breakdown by enzymes in the body. Zimmer has begun marketing the ZCR Patch within the U.S. and expects to make the product available on a global basis later this year.