Cameron Clokie is a surgeon, scientist, and CEO of Induce Biologics Inc. For thirty years, Clokie was involved with educational dentistry and its related field. In 1998, he was the Head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and then later became a professor at the University of Toronto.
In the early and mid-2000s, Clokie developed a procedure to restructure the jaw’s skeletal clock similar to when babies first develop their jaws. “This is pretty much back to the embryonic state of bone generation,” said Clokie.
The surgery was done on only eight patients, one of whom is named Peter Russel. Russel’s surgery was done at a Toronto hospital and marked a milestone in the medical field.
Clokie was heavily involved with the reconstruction of Russel’s jaw. He first had to experiment with the growth protein liquid which he described as “trying to model a [jaw] shape from bone.” The surgery appeared to be safe and Russel wasn’t harmed. Dr. Clokie concluded the surgery by saying “With this patient we’ve actually regrown a jawbone that is identical [to the one] he lost.” Learn more about Cameron Clokie: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/dr-cameron-clokie-136991109 and https://www.yellowpages.ca/bus/Ontario/Toronto/Dr-Cameron-Clokie/390278.html
Cameron Clokie had envisioned the future of regenerative medicine and with the outcome of Russel’s surgery, it appeared to be a reality. University of Toronto researcher Molly Schoichet believes that “It’s an important innovation.” The foundations of Clokie’s procedure can not only be used for aesthetics but also to save thousands of lives.
Clokie’s bone regeneration procedure definitely worked, however, the overall surgery was costly, which can be attributed to the bone morphogenetic protein or BMP. Even Russel expressed: “I’ve been lucky in my life and was able to afford it.” Because of the surgery’s price, Clokie went to further research BMP and later affirmed to his staff that there needs to be “… some way to bring the costs down.” As a result, he tested human genes on various different animals such as goats and spiders.
Towards the end of his career, Cameron Clokie had established himself as a leader in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. There were many firms that consistently sought advice from him and wanted to learn from his method.
Clokie has had many publications of his research relating to oral health care. In 2017, Clokie retired from his academic work.