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Rapid Prototyping of Custom-Made Bone-Forming Tissue Engineering Constructs

Objective

"In cranio-maxillofacial surgery, large blow-out orbital floor fractures have still mitigated outcomes and improved scaffold solutions are needed. The reconstruction of large bone defects in proximal femur or proximal tibia in orthopaedic surgery is also an enormous challenge due to the requirements for both complex shape and partial load bearing ability. This is the goal of this European and Chinese consortium to apply technologies to create custom-made tissue engineered constructs made of resorbable polymer (PTMC or PLGA) and calcium phosphate ceramic composites specifically designed by integrating 1) imaging and information technologies, 2) biomaterials and process engineering, and 3) biological and biomedical engineering for novel and truly translational bone repair solutions. Advanced solid free form fabrication technologies; precise stereolithography and low melt temperature rapid prototyping will provide the necessary control to create such innovative high resolution medical devices. The use of Chinese Medicine extract, bone anabolic Icaritin which has shown to promote osteogenic differentiation of stem cells and enhance bone healing in vivo, will be a safe and technologically relevant alternative to the intensely debated growth factors. These challenges will advantageously be confronted by a strong Eastern -Western biomaterials collaborative effort. The synergistic collaboration envisioned will allow; 1) comparison and exchange of advanced and commercially relevant biomaterials developed; 2) parallel development of two precise technologies, stereolithography and low temperature rapid prototyping allowing for preparation of custom-made composite scaffolds loaded with unique biologics effectors. The planned personal exchanges, the scientific workshops, the use of a unique IT platform connecting trauma surgeons worldwide with the scientists of the consortium will insure that the flow of knowledge and exchange of exciting findings."

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2013-EU-China
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 504 000
Administrative Contact
Ferdinand Damhuis (Mr.)

Participants (3)

AO-FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT DAVOS
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 713 720
Address
Clavadelerstrasse 8
7270 Davos Platz
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mauro Alini (Prof.)
KUROS BIOSCIENCES BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 387 555
Address
Professor Bronkhorstlaan 10 G 48
3723 MB Bilthoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joost De Bruijn (Prof.)
QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 157 976
Address
327 Mile End Road
E1 4NS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ton Peijs (Prof.)