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Silk-based ocular implants: treating eye conditions at the interface of photonics and biology

Project description

Silk implants - a vision for millions

Silkworms produce a fibrous material to form their cocoons. The fibres have long been used to make silk fabrics for high-end clothing. More recently, the versatile protein polymers in the cocoons have been exploited for biomedical applications. In addition to biocompatibility, elasticity, and structural strength, silk fibroin offers transparency, permeability, and a refractive index that all make it particularly attractive for use in the eye. SILK-EYE is pioneering the development of the next generation of corneal implants and lenses exploiting these characteristics. The team plans to deliver more effective, safe, and affordable solutions to treat the increasing incidence of diseases and conditions affecting vision globally. Get ready for your next silk ensemble - scarf and accommodating lens.

Call for proposal

ERC-2018-ADG
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Host institution

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 2 282 929,65

Beneficiaries (2)

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 2 282 929,65
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD DE VALLADOLID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 216 680,35
Address
Plaza Santa Cruz 8 Palacio De Santa Cruz
47002 Valladolid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments