In cases of broken backs, a newly FDA-approved biologic agent called NanoFUSE is helping to grow bone around braces once a spinal fusion surgery is performed. “NanoFUSE is a synthetic bone graft that allows us not to use cadaver bone, and it has a high rate of fusion, so patients are able to grow their own bones in a short period of time,” said Neurosurgeon Fassil Mesfin, MD, with MU Health Care. Once NanoFUSE is inserted, body fluids hydrate the bioactive glass and the surface of the braces become coated with a layer of a mineral called hydroxyapetite. New bone starts forming around the glass fibers, eventually taking the place of the glass particles. The bioactive glass used in NanoFUSE is made exclusively in Rolla, Missouri, by Mo-Sci Corporation, whose chief technology partner is Missouri University of Science and Technology.