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Drug-Free Antibacterial Hybrid Biopolymers for Medical Applications

Objective

There is a general consensus that biomedical polymers of natural and synthetic origin should and will play a very important role in the development of new therapeutic strategies to treat diseases. Due to resistance of bacteria to drugs, infection has become one of the toughest problems in the medical world as there are hardly any effective antibiotics left in the fight against many pathogens. This project aims to develop new therapies through a new combination of technology (a) development of new hybrid polymers with antibacterial functionality,(b) introduction of inhibitors that can permanently deactivate bacteriological proteases and (c) new formulations of bioactive ceramics and glasses that have specific charge potential to prevent bacterial growth. The challenge is to develop new medical polymers that have an intrinsic antibacterial functionality to achieve clinical effectiveness in the field. To develop the challenge to practical medical solutions, a new generation of industrial professionals is needed. They should have a solid multidisciplinary background complemented by the required academic and industrial experiences. The objective of this network is to train young PhD researchers to fill this demand in the strategic area of drug-free antibacterial hybrid biomedical polymers. This EID programme will achieve this by a joint training programme of world class academic and industrial institutes who will provide hands-on training in state of the art research projects related to key fundamental issues that determine the future new therapies of antibacterial biomaterials. The goal is to develop professionals that will play a pivotal role in pushing forward this challenging and knowledge-intense field for the coming decades to benefit the European economy, bring state-of-the-art technology to industry with advanced products for hospitals and personal health care and contribute to the development of therapeutic strategies to improve the quality of life.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/ceramics
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-EID - European Industrial Doctorates

Coordinator

LUCIDEON LIMITED
Address
Queens Road Penkhull
ST4 7LQ Stoke On Trent
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 0

Participants (7)

THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 093 151,52
Address
Regent Street 309
W1B 2UW London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 1 032 245,28
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 246 082,40
Address
Schlossplatz 4
91054 Erlangen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ASHLAND SPECIALTIES IRELAND LIMITED

Participation ended

Ireland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Synergy Centre, Laboratory A, Technological University Dublin (Tu Dublin), Tallaght
D24 A386 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 546 575,76
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM KNAPPSCHAFTSKRANKENHAUS BOCHUM GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
In Der Schornau 23 25
44892 Bochum
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BLAFAR LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
1 Clonfadda Wood Mount Merriion Avenue
A94W1K6 Blackrock Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)