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Devices for treatment


When a tendon is severed, the tendon stumps retract, making it difficult for the surgeon to find them for reattachment. Several cuts and additional tissue damage may be unavoidable in order to retrieve the tendon stumps.

Once retrieved, the stumps are sutured together and  recovery can begin. However, the unequal strain that the golden standard suture method puts on the tendon, often leads to rupture and/or scar tissue formation, which can result in unsatisfactory functional outcomes


Hand injuries alone make up around 20% of emergency visits, and current treatments result in scarring, loss of function, and 6-7% reoperation. Rehabilitation can take up to 6 months and only 25% of patients have a satisfactory functional result.

This is equally challenging for other types of tendons, though hand tendon ruptures remain the largest market, followed by achilles tendon ruptures, and tendon transfer surgeries.


The new tendon repair system consists of two inventions that can be used separately or in combination:

The first part of the system (tendon retrieval device) is used to retrieve retracted tendon ends using a tubular, endoscopic instrument to find the retracted tendon. This minimizes trauma and surgical exposure created by current retrieval methods, and reduces the chance of adhesion formation. 

The second part of the system (tendon augmentation device) rapidly reconnects the ends of the ruptured tendon, offering a more even distribution of stress compared to the current gold standard suturing technique. This leads to a better functional outcome and faster recovery.


Part 1 of the device is  at TRL 2. For part 2 of the system, preliminary tests have been done for safety and efficacy in rat, rabbit, and sheep models, putting it at TRL3. 

Meet the team


Sarah Cartmell



Ian Proctor


Gina Melchner (2)

Gina Melchner

Venture Partner

Gina joined NLC in February 2020. As a Venture Partner, she works with a portfolio of Biotech and Medtech ventures. Gina also leads NLC’s Medtech Domain, ensuring we build impactful new Medtech ventures year after year. Gina holds a master’s in biotechnology from ETH Zurich and worked in management consulting as well as venture capital before joining NLC.