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Leopard Films - UK and US based independent television production company
GREG ALTMAN (SERIES PRODUCER) Greg has been in television for 10 years and began his career as a Production Assistant for the popular Food Network cooking show Emeril Live!He next worked on the hit VH1 series Pop-Up Video which led him towards more programs at VH1 and MTV where he gained experience while producing a variety of music and celebrity based shows including the high rated I Love The, series.He
moved to some reality based programs for Style Network and Comcast Cable before landing a gig at Leopard USA
as a Producer/Director on the HGTV series Cash in the Attic.After two seasons on Cash he
was promoted to his
current job as Series Producer on a new fixing series for HGTV
titled Beyond Repair.Greg Altman Series Producer Tel: + 1 212 627 1181GregAltman@leopardfilms.com
E4 : Engineering
Researcher Greg Altman has also formed a company, Tissue Regeneration Inc. (TRI), to develop and market the product. In the process, ligaments are grown and 'banked' prior to knee trauma so they will be readily available at the time of reconstruction. 'The technology for this tissue repair and ligament growth could fundamentally change the way we treat this very common injury,' said Altman. 'And since the ACL has poor healing capabilities, our new ligament tissue could significantly reduce the recovery time to just weeks - rather than months - for professional athletes and sports enthusiasts compared with current surgery practices.' Approximately 200,000 ACL surgeries were done in the US last year, costing an estimated $3.5 billion, plus another $200 million for subsequent therapy.Worldwide, another 400,000 people last year injured this ligament.The costs associated with surgery can range from $10,000 to $25,000 per procedure, and up to $1,200 in physical therapy. To create the custom-made ligaments, the team of 'tissue engineers' cultures cells in vitro in a specially designed bioreactor with a collagen or other suitable biodegradable matrix.
plans a long-term, US Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) relevant trial of ACL implants in goats later this year. 'Neither reconstructive surgery nor biological or synthetic prostheses can restore complete functionality to the knee without associated debilitating side effects such as pain, tendonitis, muscle atrophy and loss of function,' said Altman
.Other common post-surgery problems have been infection and disease transmission, including gangrene.
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