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Advanced multifunctional zirconia ceramics for long-lasting implants

Objective

The aim of LONGLIFE is to develop new multi-functional zirconia oral and spine (lumbar inter-vertebral disc) implants, with a perfect reliability and a lifetime longer than 60 years. Such an ambitious goal, motivated by the risks and costs associated to revision surgery, will only be reachable by an improvement of the Low Temperature Degradation (LTD) resistance of zirconia and by an enhancement of the osseointegration capabilities of the implants in contact with bone. As zirconia-based ceramics are the only oxides able to couple high stress resistance and fracture toughness thanks to transformation toughening, a strong effort will be given to the improvement of their stability in the presence of water, without decreasing their toughness and strength. Osseointegration will be improved by the chemical and topographical modification of the surface. We aim at producing zirconia surfaces able to decrease the risk of bacterial adhesion and improve bone apposition, for better clinical success. Given the specific nature of ceramics, especially versus the risk of brittle failure, we aim at developing new ceramic-oriented designs for the implants, and not just ‘copy and paste’ from metal implants as it is generally done at present. This ‘implants by design’ approach will ensure a better, long-lasting success of oral and spine implants. At last, the LONGLIFE consortium will develop acceleration tests which will be able to reproduce more effectively the different degradation mechanisms and their interplay in a multi-physics approach, in order to ensure an implant reliability and lifetime superior to current implants’.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/surgery
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/ceramics
  • /medical and health sciences/medical biotechnology/medical bioproducts/implants

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2011-SME-5
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE LYON
Address
20 Avenue Albert Einstein
69621 Villeurbanne Cedex
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 509 469
Administrative Contact
Françoise Martin (Ms.)

Participants (12)

KISCO INTERNATIONAL SA

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 447 929
Address
Place Berthe Morisot 2
69800 Saint Priest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lionel Simon (Mr.)
DOCERAM MEDICAL CERAMICS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 324 180
Address
Hesslingsweg 65-67
44309 Dortmund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tobias Fürderer (Dr.)
AKEO PLUS
France
EU contribution
€ 391 940
Address
769 Rue De L'outarde Za En Beauvoir
01500 Chateau Gaillard
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anne Julia (Ms.)
NTTF COATINGS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 359 360
Address
Maarweg 32
53619 Rheinbreitbach
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Falk Bernsmann (Dr.)
KISCO INTERNATIONAL SAS
France
Address
Place Berthe Morisot 2
69800 Saint Priest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lionel Simon (Mr.)
ANTHOGYR SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 487 120
Address
Avenue Andre Lasquin 2237
74700 Sallanches
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Richard Le Vourch (Mr.)
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 324 380
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Laura Montanaro (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRIESTE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 245 204
Address
Piazzale Europa 1
34127 Trieste
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maurizio Fermeglia (Prof.)
RISE IVF AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 331 815
Address
Argongatan 30
431 53 Molndal
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Marie Pauli (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM FREIBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 412 720
Address
Hugstetter Strasse 49
79106 Freiburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gerhard Henninger (Mr.)
PLAZMA KERAMIKA TECNOLOGIJA SIA
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 75 583
Address
Miera Iela 34
2169 Salaspils
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ilmars Zalite (Dr.)
WAVESTONE LUXEMBOURG SA
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 90 300
Address
10 Rue Du Chateau D'eau
3364 Leudelange
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jean Trimbour (Mr.)