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Development of load-bearing fibre reinforced composite based non-metallic biomimetic bone implant

Objective

The aim of NEWBONE is to develop fibre reinforced composite (FRC) material load-bearing implant: to produce at prototype level two resorbable fixation devices in knee/shoulder ligament repair and two non-resorbable bone fixation devices for reconstruction of large bone defects and study the use of developed technologies in complete implants (hip stem, knee) and spine applications.

The proposal is high tech SME driven: they represent all the different competence areas needed to develop FRC bone implant. Research institution partners are adding to the competence portfolio and the latest knowledge developed by them is transferred to the use of SMEs.

Three major breakthrough innovations are present in the proposal: FRC material is used for load bearing bon e implants; bioactive glass and hydroxyl-apatite is used on the implant-bone interface; a new processing method is applied to allow in-situ modifications of the implant during surgery.

The results will cover the gaps that exist in Europe in terms of increased healthcare costs and decreased quality of life of patients as well as of Europe dragging behind US in commercialisation of biomaterials and implant technologies. FRC material will reduce problems caused by stress-shielding of currently used metal implants.

Partners include Swiss SME Medacta International SA, producer of hip and knee prosthesis and Finnish company ConMed Linvatec Biomaterials Ltd, producer of sports injury repair systems, both committed to the development of FRC implants to be included to their future product portfolios.

Together with all industrial partners involved, the consortium will have the abilities to increase the turnover of European implant industry and take the role of a global leader in the niche sector of FRC load-bearing bone implants.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-NMP-SME-4
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Coordinator

TURUN YLIOPISTO
Address
Itainen Pitkakatu, 4a
Turku
Finland

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Participants (15)

MEDACTA INTERNATIONAL SA
Switzerland
Address
Strada Regina
Castel San Pietro

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INGEO DI PARACCHINI ROBERTO & C. SNC
Italy
Address
Via Stazione 80/a
Varallo Pombia (No)

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FALEX TRIBOLOGY NV
Belgium
Address
Wingepark 23 B
Rotselaar

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NANOBIOMATTERS SL
Spain
Address
Ceei, Avenida Benjamin Franklin 12
Paterna (Valencia)

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PYROGENESIS S.A.
Greece
Address
Technological Park Of Lavrion, Athens-lavrion Avenue
Lavrion

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RESCOLL SARL
France
Address
Avenue Pey Berland, 16
Pessac

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CONMED LINVATEC BIOMATERIALS OY
Finland
Address
Hermiankatu 6-8 L
Tampere

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CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland
Address
Rue Jaquet-droz 1
Neuchatel

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ASOCIACION DE LA INDUSTRIA NAVARRA
Spain
Address
C/san Cosme Y San Damian S/n
Cordovilla

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HOEGSKOLAN I BORAAS
Sweden
Address
Allegatan 1
Boras

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ACASIATRADE LTD OY
Finland
Address
Sähköttäjänkatu 2 A 6
Helsinki

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THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
Address
The Old Schools, Trinity Lane
Cambridge

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRIESTE
Italy
Address
Piazzale Europa 1
Trieste

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INTEGRA SRL
Italy
Address
Via Del Follatoio 12
Trieste

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MATERIALIA SRL
Italy
Address
Via Roma 4
San Vendemiano (Tv)

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