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Breaking Bad Biofilms. Innovative Analysis and Design Rules for Next-Generation Antifouling Interfaces

Breaking Bad Biofilms. Innovative Analysis and Design Rules for Next-Generation Antifouling Interfaces

Objective

Biofilms, i.e. communities of micro-organisms that attach and grow on a solid surface, cause about 80% of infections in humans and disinfectants rarely succeed in destroying them. They cost European economy billions of euro annually. The BREAK BIOFILMS Training Network aims to solve this issue by training the next generation leaders. They will understand the (bio)physicochemical mechanisms of biofilm formation, be able to produce technology for detecting and identifying biofilm formation with extreme sensitivity, and develop next generation biocides for preventing and destroying biofilms in industrial and biomedical areas. This integrated strategy from biofilm detection to destruction that builds on key innovations from the partner labs, is globally distinctive and promises significant progress. The network brings together world leaders in sensors, cell imaging, microbiology, interfacial engineering and nanoformulation from 6 universities, 9 companies, a research centre, and a Business and Innovation Centre. Thus, it is ideal to provide technical, industrial and business training to 15 ESRs and support the missions of the industry partners who will provide deep insights into the most pressing and impactful challenges. The graduates will be ideally placed to enter and support existing European industry across a number of different sectors (biomedical, food, antimicrobials). However, they will also be capable of creating new businesses thanks to a combination of in depth training in entrepreneurship and direct experience of establishing and running a virtual company as part of the training network. Beyond the trained researchers, this project will produce technologies that will enhance the productivity of European industry, create intellectual property with a strong probability of commercialization and improve the health and well-being of European citizens by minimizing infection rates and the inappropriate use of ineffective biocides that is leading to resistance.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO

Address

Calle San Francisco 3
33003 Oviedo

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 501 809,76

Participants (7)

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THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 606 345,12

UNIVERSITAET ULM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 505 576,80

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI BARI ALDO MORO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 522 999,36

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 595 044

DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 549 368,64

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 501 809,76

ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE INDUSTRIAS CARNICAS DEL PRINCIPADO DE ASTURIAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 250 904,88

Partners (9)

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ASOCIACION CENTRO EUROPEO DE EMPRESAS E INNOVACION DEL PRINCIPADO DE ASTURIAS

DUPONT NUTRITION BIOSCIENCES APS

BIO-LOGIC SCIENCE INSTRUMENTS LTD

INDUSTRIAS LÁCTEAS ASTURIANAS, S.A.

THERADEP LIMITED

Abbott Ireland

PROCESS INSTRUMENTS (UK) LTD

Labor Dr. Merk & Kollegen GmbH

METROHM DROPSENS SL

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 813439

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 033 858,32

  • EU contribution

    € 4 033 858,32

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO

Spain