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European Training Network to develop Improved Bioresorbable Materials for Orthopaedic and Vascular Implant Applications

Objective

BioImplant ITN is a European Industrial Doctorate (EID) programme that will provide world-class multidisciplinary training to a new generation of high-achieving ESRs in the area of medical device development. A well-balanced consortium of academic, industry and clinical partners has been assembled to deliver the training programme, spanning a number of EU countries and industry sectors to promote international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral aspects of ESR skill development. The programme vision of the BioImplant ITN is to deliver technical, interdisciplinary and transferrable skills training to the ESR community all areas of the medical device development Supply Value Chain. The BioImplant ITN programme will develop improved bioresorbable materials and implement them in orthopaedic and vascular implant applications. Bioresorbable materials are rapidly gaining traction in soft and hard tissue medical implants, with both polymer- and metal-based resorbable materials having been developed for medical device applications. However, major issues relating to their poor mechanical properties and rapid degradation behaviour have limited their application. The research programme of the BioImplant ITN will address these issues by (i) targeting new processing solutions to enhance the mechanical behaviour of bioresorbable polymers and (ii) integrate high stiffness magnesium- and ceramic-based reinforcements with polymers to produce novel hybrid/composite materials with optimised functional performance. The development of these innovative biomaterials will represent a major advancement on the current state-of-the-art in bioresorbable materials and maximise commercial potential in vascular and orthopaedic applications. Furthermore, the comprehensive skillset delivered by the programme will enhance career development and employability of ESRs within the Medical Technology sector and promote their development into leading innovators in the European Medical Technology sector.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials
  • /medical and health sciences/medical biotechnology/medical bioproducts/implants

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-EID - European Industrial Doctorates

Coordinator

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY
Address
University Road
H91 Galway
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 098 737,28

Participants (7)

THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 212 690,24
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 788,40
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACION IMDEA MATERIALES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 752 714,64
Address
Calle Eric Kandel 2 Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico Tecnogetafe
28906 Getafe
Activity type
Research Organisations
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Ballybrit Business Park
H91 Galway
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MEOTEC GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Philipsstrasse 8
52068 Aachen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ITA TECHNOLOGIETRANSFER GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Otto-blumenthal-strasse 1
52074 Aachen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VASCULAR FLOW TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Unit I Prospect Business Centre
DD2 1TY Dundee
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)