Orteq® Sports Medicine (Orteq Ltd ) with corporate headquarters and R&D in London, UK and manufacturing in Exton, US, was established in 2005 to develop and commercialize solutions for orthopaedic / sports injuries. Orteq® has developed a biodegradable, biocompatible polymer scaffold, Actifit®, specifically designed to support tissue in-growth and regeneration in the meniscus, a fibrocartilage cushion in the knee
The creation of a scaffold for effective meniscus repair was the original goal of a polymer program developed in the mid-1970’s in a collaboration between Professor Rene Veth, MD, Ph.D., then Chairman of the Orthopaedic Surgery Department at the Groningen University Hospital, Groningen, Netherlands, and Professor Albert Pennings, Ph.D., then Professor in the Polymer Chemistry Department at Groningen University. The concepts behind the optimum polymer and scaffold fabrications were conceived and developed by Professor Pennings who is world-renowned for contributions to polymer science. The latest version of the scaffold has now been developed into the Actifit product.
In July 2008 Actifit® received its CE mark.
In January 2011 , Orteq® signed a 10 year manufacturing agreement with Kensey Nash of Exton, Philadelphia.