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Innovative multifunctional and smart coatings to prevent medical device related infections

Project description

Smart antibacterial coatings

Hospital-acquired infections through the use of medical devices or following implant surgery threaten the health of patients. Funded by the European Innovation Council, the SPARTHACUS project proposes smart coatings that prevent infections in medical implants and equipment. The project will provide two different coatings, one for general use that combines antibacterial and antiviral properties and one suitable for medical implants. The technology relies on natural polymers and is versatile, with the generated coatings having the potential to be applied to virtually any kind of surface. Moreover, the polymers can be customised for application in the cosmetics industry.


Infections represent one of the major risks of surgery implants and the main cause of implant rejection, affecting over 5% of patients who undergo an implant surgery (around 2M patients in the EU). At SPARTHA Medical, created in 2019 as a spin-off of INSERM Biomaterials Unit (Strasbourg), we developed a multifunctional coating with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties to prevent infections in implants and surgical care. In addition to this medical coating to be used directly in hospitals, we developed a second product – a biocompatible, eco-friendly spray with antibacterial & antiviral properties for general and daily use. We also offer a customized coating development service for medical device manufacturers which leads to recurring licensing. Our coating platform is so versatile the applications are endless. We are also integrating the development service to electronics and cosmetics companies. We have signed 7 contract agreements so far, and 2 more in advanced negotiations.


Net EU contribution
€ 2 389 625,00
67100 Strasbourg

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Grand Est Alsace Bas-Rhin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 3 413 750,59