About the Authors
- Yasuo Onishi, Teruya Kawamoto, Kenta Kishimoto, Hitomi Hara, Naomasa Fukase, Mitsunori Toda, Risa Harada, Masaya Minoda, Masahiko Miwa, Masahiro Kurosaka, Toshihiro Akisue
- Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Kusunoki-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Japan
- Takeshi Ueha
- NeoChemir Inc., Gokodori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
- Yoshitada Sakai
- Faculty of Health Care Sciences, Himeji Dokkyo University, Kami-Ohno, Himeji, Hyogo, Japan
This study was supported by NeoChemir Inc. through the employment of Takeshi Ueha who conceived, designed and performed the experiments, and analyzed the data for this study. The hydro-gel used in this study was a gift from NeoChemir Inc. and is patented by Neochemir Inc. (publication number WO2004/002393; publication date January 8, 2004). There are no other patents, products in development or other marketed products to declare. This does not alter the authors’ adherence to all the PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials, as detailed online in the guide for authors.
Conceived and designed the experiments: YO TK TU. Performed the experiments: YO TK TU M. Minoda. Analyzed the data: YO MT RH HH NF. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: TU. Wrote the paper: YO TK TU. Supervised all aspects of this study: KK M. Miwa YS MK TA.