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February, 2021

Research Developed at South Dakota Mines Could Lead to Cure for Osteoarthritis

South Dakota Mines Ph.D. student Ram Saraswat works on research being done to help find a cure for osteoarthritis. The research has led to the creation of the company CellField Technologies.

RAPID CITY, SD (Feb. 2, 2021) — A South Dakota Mines research team has developed technology – and established a subsequent startup company – that could be a key to finding a cure for osteoarthritis. 

Scott Wood, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the NanoScience and NanoEngineering Program, and Ph.D. student Ram Saraswat lead the research and development of the nanoscience technology now utilized by their startup, CellField Technologies. “We’re excited about the potential future of the technology and the company,” Wood says. “We hope it will be a gamechanger in osteoarthritis research.”   

Osteoarthritis, sometimes called degenerative joint disease, is the most common form of arthritis. Most often it occurs in the hands, hips and knees. Osteoarthritis develops when the cartilage within a joint begins to break down, causing pain, stiffness and swelling. More than 32.5 million adults in the United States suffer from osteoarthritis, and current treatments offer little more than temporary pain control, Wood says. 

Wood says that for hundreds of years, doctors have considered osteoarthritis a “wear and tear disease, but we know now that it’s more complicated … It’s actually an imbalance of the behavior of the cells in the joint.”

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