Cameron Clokie is a college professor and the Head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Toronto in Canada. Dr. Clokie attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he earned a Doctoral Degree in Dental Surgery.
He went on to receive a PH.D. in bone regeneration related to interface development also at McGill University. The primary objective of his research is to develop bioimplants that can replace the need for bone grafts. He also runs a successful clinic in Toronto that specializes in facial reconstruction and bone regeneration.
According to Crunchbase, Dr. Cameron Clokie has been working with a new revolutionary type of protein that stimulates adult stem cells to form new bone tissue. He has had patients that have been able to regrow a jawbone identical to the bone that was once there. This ability to rebuild body parts is a dream for people in the medical and research communities.
Current methods of making new body parts entail harvesting bone, fat, or muscle from other areas of the body and painstakingly shaping them into the desired form.
When performing this new type of bone reconstruction, Dr. Clokie can mold the protein like clay to make any bone needed, instead of having to carve the shape out of actual harvested bone. Read more: Cameron Clokie Believes Technology is Changing Dentistry For The Better
The particular protein that Dr. Clokie is pioneering is known as bone morphogenetic protein or BMP. It originally was discovered at the University Of California in Los Angeles in the 1950s.
Marshall Urist, a noted orthopedic surgeon whom Dr. Clokie worked with, found BMP and other growth-inducing proteins in bone tissue. Dr. Urist used BMP to regenerate long bones in human limbs. Dr. Clokie was determined to use BMP to help with complex facial reconstruction surgeries.
The main complication with BMP is you need to use a huge amount of cadaver bone to generate just a small amount of the protein. Dr. Clokie is now working with a biotech firm in the United States that has been able to produce BMP in the cells of hamsters.
The plan now is to mass produce BMP by using goats to produce larger amounts of the miraculous protein.