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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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/entrepreneurship
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

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)

THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 606 345,12
Address
Kirby Corner Road - University House
CV4 8UW Coventry
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET ULM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 505 576,80
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 16
89081 Ulm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI BARI ALDO MORO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 522 999,36
Address
Piazza Umberto I 1
70121 Bari
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 595 044
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 549 368,64
Address
Glasnevin
9 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 501 809,76
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE INDUSTRIAS CARNICAS DEL PRINCIPADO DE ASTURIAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 250 904,88
Address
Poligono La Barreda Tl4 Parcela 1
33180 Norena
Activity type
Research Organisations

Partners (9)

ASOCIACION CENTRO EUROPEO DE EMPRESAS E INNOVACION DEL PRINCIPADO DE ASTURIAS
Spain
Address
Parque Tecnologico De Asturias Sn
33428 Llanera
Activity type
Other
DUPONT NUTRITION BIOSCIENCES APS
Denmark
Address
Langebrogade 1
1001 Copenhagen K
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BIO-LOGIC SCIENCE INSTRUMENTS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Pinewood Court Larkwood Way Tytherington Business
SK10 2XR Macclesfield Cheshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INDUSTRIAS LÁCTEAS ASTURIANAS, S.A.
Spain
Address
Anleo
33719 Navia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THERADEP LIMITED
Ireland
Address
Clonmunt, Dungourney, Midleton
P25 DP03 Cork
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Abbott Ireland
Ireland
Address
Dromore West
Cootehill
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PROCESS INSTRUMENTS (UK) LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Process House March Street 14
BB12 0BT Burnley
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Labor Dr. Merk & Kollegen GmbH
Germany
Address
Beim Braunland 1
88416 Ochsenhausen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
METROHM DROPSENS SL
Spain
Address
Calle Colegio Santo Domingo De Guzman
33010 Oviedo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)