Discovering methods to grow and engineer tissue for replacement or augmentation or after surgery, disease or injury is a common problem worldwide. To solve this problem will require cooperation and collaboration by organizations with biomaterials expertise. This project proposes the development of novel fibres that have controlled characteristics designed for cell interaction and that can be fabricated into three-dimensional scaffolds for tissue growth. These scaffolds will significantly advance the probability of Tissue Engineering products becoming available to the surgeon. It is expected that the impact on the commercial competitiveness of the partners will be very significant. A successful range of the proposed materials predictably would eventually double the turnover of the lead partner after 3-5 years from project completion and the other partners expected to join the project would be expected to increase turnovers by 25-50% dependent on their role. The novel aspects of this product range are expected to lead to good profitability on this increased turnover thereby creating and securing employment opportunities.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards