Silk is a remarkable natural material. Spun by Silmoths and spiders, it is many times as tough as high tensile steel while also being elastic, resilient and biocompatible – ideal qualities for repairing cartilage tissue. Orthox’s FibroFix™ implants are manufactured using organically certified, medical grade silk fibres produced from the mulberry silkmoth, Bombyx mori.
During processing at Orthox we extract and purify the protein, Fibroin, which gives silk fibres their great strength and resilience. Using patented methods which preserve the structure and function of the Fibroin protein, FibroFix™ implants are formed from solutions of Fibroin molecules, using the unique methods spiders have developed to spin their silk webs. Tougher than Kevlar, spider silk is the strongest of all silk fibres and by recreating the processes evolved by spiders to align Fibroin molecules we enable these superior mechanical properties to be harnessed in our FibroFix™ implants.