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A European biomaterials network

Objective


The non-confidential output of the Network project included a printed Biomateria Newsletter, published as 4 issues between 1998 and 1999, and the Internet-based web site (http://www.biomateria.com), which has carried further issues of the Biomateria Newsletter. The Biomateria web site also carries information on forthcoming conferences in the biomaterials and devices areas and digests of information on RTD and commercial developments in these areas. The site also provides a service to people with enquiries about materials and devices. In addition, the co-ordinator of the Network organised seminars and workshops and spoke at independent conferences in the field of materials RTD and devices.
The confidential outcome of the project includes monitoring reports on RTD projects participating in the Network, and other special reports carried out at the request of the EC Scientific Officer.
TRA-N PROJECT OVERVIEW
The TRA-N European Biomaterials Network is a project funded by the EC, designed to aid the monitoring, evaluation and
exploitation aspects of a number of Brite-Euram and SMT
projects in the field of new materials for bio-medicine.
Whilst the participating projects have the common goal of
improving the range and safety of materials available for
medical use, their specific targets and market sectors are
diverse. This diversity increases the challenge for efficient and mutually beneficial technology interactions, dissemination and development of appropriate technology-protection and
commercialisation.
To maximise the potential for these actions, the European
Biomaterials Network has been established to share knowledge and experience relating to the manufacture, modification and/or testing of materials for use as medical implants or devices. Given the already widespread information available pertaining to the Network and the strength of support for the initiative, it is being directed immediately towards the implementation
phase. The TRA-N is divided into three natural clusters; hard materials, soft materials, and methods of testing and
manufacture, to take into account the overall aims of the
existing EC-funded projects and permit a further level of focus and complementarity whilst assuring effective co-ordination of activities. The network itself establishes a system for
monitoring technical and financial progress within the projects against targets agreed with the EC, and maximising the
potential for greater awareness of, and fruitful interaction with, related activities.
The key objectives of the network are:
* to monitor progress within the identified projects against agreed targets
* to maximise communication , awareness
(dissemination/technology transfer) and fruitful interaction within, and between, projects and related activities of issues such as the current regulatory position and effect on the
biomaterials industry, the role of appropriate Standards,
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EUROPEAN DIMENSION AND PARTNERSHIP
The TRA-N Thematic Network is anticipated to have a significant European and internationalimpact. To enhance and maintain competitiveness in the world market for materials components, materials and finished products, EU industry (especially SMEs) must have the ability to develop new quality products of higher added-value and must be involved in materials research that
provides new solutions to problems, new ways of approaching
challenges in the market, and optimises the application of
current technologies. The clusters proposed and the individual projects themselves are aimed at addressing difficult problems or targeting significant advances in the devices area.
Successful implementation of the network will contribute to the EU's competitive position.
The projects incorporated into the TRA-N are already embedded within the EC's IMT Programme and its industrial objectives. Each project itself includes contractors, partners or members from industry, especially SMEs, who have endorsed the project with their interest and/or funding. Many of those elements
pointed out above are included in these projects and fulfill the future strategic needs of EU industry.
POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS
The potential sales to be gained by European companies that can exploit new technologies which overcome existing material and test problems are clearly large. These technology gaps include the need for materials for medical use that have better shortand long-term biocompatibility profiles and that are based on a greater understanding of the interaction between body tissues and materials. Such an improved understanding will drive the production of "second generation" materials for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. This necessitates further
development of the following:
* materials manufacturing and processing technologies
* surface engineering technologies
* techniques for imaging materials and biomolecules on
surfaces
* computer models relating materials composition,
microstructure, process parameters and end product performance properties
* improved data analysis, compilation and
cataloguing/storage as databases for technology
transfer/dissemination

Coordinator

BioBridge, BioBusiness Development Consultancy
Address
45 St Barnabas Road
CB1 2BX Cambridge
United Kingdom

Participants (18)

ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI
Greece
Address
University Campus
54006 Thessaloniki
BIOMATECH S.A.
France
Address
Rue Pasteur 115, Z.i. L'islon
38670 Chasse Sur Rhone
Danish Technological Institute
Denmark
Address
Gregersensvej
2630 Taastrup
FIDIA ADVANCED BIOPOLYMERS SRL
Italy
Address
Via Ponte Della Fabbrica 3/B
35031 Abano Terme
GKSS - Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH
Germany
Address
55,Kantstrasse 55
14513 Teltow
ISO TIS N.V.
Netherlands
Address
10,Prof. Bronkhorstlaan 10-D
3723 MB Bilthoven
PARCO SCIENTIFICO E TECNOLOGICO AREA IONICO SALENTINA - CENTRO NAZIONALE PER LA RICERCA E LO SVILUPPO DEI MATERIALI SCPA
Italy
Address
S.s. Per Mesagne - Km 7+300
72100 Brindisi
QUEEN MARY AND WESTFIELD COLLEGE - ST. BARTHOLOMEWS & THE ROYAL LONDON SCHOOL OF MEDICINE & DENTISTRY
United Kingdom
Address
2,Newark Street 2
E1 2AT London
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
Germany
Address
30,Pauwelsstrasse 30
52057 Aachen
Sintea Compositi Srl
Italy
Address
Via Aquileiachi 33
20021 Bollate Milano
Straumann GmbH
Germany
Address
9,Jechtinger Strasse 9
79111 Freiburg
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PISA
Italy
Address
Via Risorgimento 35
56100 Pisa
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
Ireland
Address
Plassey Technological Park
61 Limerick
UNIVERSITY OF VIGO
Spain
Address
Ciudad Universitario Lagoas - Marcosende
36200 Vigo
Universiteit Twente
Netherlands
Address

7500 AE Enschede
University of Leeds
United Kingdom
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
University of Sheffield
United Kingdom
Address
Claremont Crescent
S10 2TA Sheffield
Université de Nice - Sophia Antipolis
France
Address
Parc Valrose
06034 Nice