A closer look at the manufacturing process.

A cellular view of Carticel manufacturing:

  1. A patient's cartilage is harvested by the surgeon and sent to Vericel’s FDA-licensed and regulated manufacturing facility.
  2. The biopsies are processed to isolate chondrocytes from surrounding matrix.
  3. Each patient lot is maintained under strict quality control procedures.
  4. After primary culturing, the cells are cryopreserved until an order is placed. This offers flexibility for patients and surgeons to schedule implantation. However, the cells can be ready as early as 4 to 6 weeks from the date of biopsy.
  5. Once an order is received, the patient's cells are removed from cryopreservation and undergo the final culturing phase.
  6. Two to three days before surgery, Carticel vials are released and shipped to the surgeon.