“Learn from nature: that is where our future lies.” (Leonardo da Vinci)
The Doctors Camprasse are the inventors of our patented biomaterial Bionacre®, a sustainable innovation inspired by nature.
Having been shell collectors since their early childhood, in 1982 they had an idea that they now describe as self-evident, even though the premise seemed crazy at first: what if the mother-of-pearl of a specific species of shellfish, which is ivory-coloured and as hard as steel, could be a substitute for bone? They then embarked on research work which led them to make major discoveries, and which was the subject of a host of scientific publications as far back as the late 1980s.
When passionate biotechnologies enthusiast Joel Drai crossed paths with the Camprasse brothers in 2009, he was fascinated by their ingenuity and perseverance, and by their wealth of research work. He aligned himself with their vision: believing in the infinite potential of mother-of-pearl to treat beings.
Joel Drai then decided to set up MEGA BIOPHARMA, involving the dental surgeon twins in the venture. Ever since, the founding triumvirate has been determined to draw on these discoveries to design and develop medical devices and treatments to enhance the medicine of the future and yield benefits for the wider population.
Start of research works by the Doctors Camprasse on mother-of-pearl.
Invention of Bionacre® biomaterial
Proof of its safety and biocompatibility in respect of human subjects.
Design of dental implant prototypes based on Bionacre®
First clinical trials on human subjects – Filing of the first patents
First publications and conferences: emergence of international interest in mother-of-pearl and Bionacre® biomaterial
Joel Drai set up MEGA INDUSTRIE, a group specialising in the distribution of dental and pharmaceutical products aimed at healthcare professionals
Joel Drai set up MEGA DENTAL, specialising in the distribution of dental and orthodontic supplies, quickly becoming a market leader
Decisive meeting of Joel Drai and the Doctors Camprasse, crystallising the setup of MEGA BIOPHARMA.
Building of our R&D laboratory and production site, in Teloché (Le Mans). Structuring of the company, with the appointment of Dominique Gourmelen as CEO.
Assessment of the efficacity and properties of Bionacre® (NAMSA).
Studies and publications with Professor Chappard (GEROM CGU Angers) on sheep. Validation of the osteoinductive properties of mother-of-pearl.
Collaboration with BPI France to support MEGA BIOPHARMA in the development of its fundamental research and in the production of medical devices. Filing and registration of multiple patents (in France and beyond).
First capital raising through private investors
Development of the company via new appointments (Regulatory affairs, R&D, Product development, Marketing, Communication, Finance) and new collaborations (Doctor Marc Slama).
ISO-13485 quality certification
Opening of the Paris office, development of commercial activity.
Building of our new R&D laboratory and production site, in Crosne.
Publication by the Doctors Camprasse, along with Professor Chappard, on the osteointegration of screws.