NFL player partners with Maryland biotech firm

Next Healthcare Inc., a Germantown-based biotech company, says it is partnering with NFL player Larry Fitzgerald on a regenerative product geared specifically for professional athletes.

Next Healthcare stores harvests stem cells and stores them in an FDA-registered tissue preservation lab. The idea is to use them later to heal damaged body tissues.

Next Health Care was introduced to Fitzgerald, an Arizona Cardinals wide receiver, "because someone in the sports world felt that Larry would be uniquely interested in our mission and products and made the introduction," the company said in a statement.

"The company's been interested in getting its products to those who would most benefit from regenerative medicine, specifically pro athletes who suffer injuries."

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