MOPS award

MU Researchers Win Technology Award for MOPS

University of Missouri researchers received a Sports Medicine Technology Award on July 5 for the invention of the Missouri Osteochondral Allograft Preservation System (MOPSSM). James Stannard, MD, and James Cook, PhD, DVM, of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery led a team of researchers who developed the bone-and-cartilage preservation system that extends the storage life of donated tissue used in biological joint repair.

“MOPS is a true advance in sports medicine and orthopedics, benefitting both surgeons who perform joint repair procedures and the patients they treat,” said Joe Yaccarino, president and CEO of MTF Biologics. “This award is a testament to the University of Missouri team’s innovative spirit and dedication to advancing care and a great tribute to the tissue donors whose gifts make this technology possible.”

The Sports Medicine Technology Awards were featured at the 2018 American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine annual meeting on July 5-8 in San Diego.

“We are honored that MOPS has been recognized by Orthopedics This Week with a Sports Medicine Technology Award,” said Cook, the director of the Mizzou BioJoint® Center. “Early results for this unique technology have been very promising, and we are excited to continue to explore ways that MOPS can improve outcomes for those in need of cartilage restoration while honoring donors and their families.”