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COMPOSITE PHENOTYPIC TRIGGERS FOR BONE AND CARTILAGE REPAIR

COMPOSITE PHENOTYPIC TRIGGERS FOR BONE AND CARTILAGE REPAIR

Objective

Osteoarthritis (OA) and osteoporosis (OP) are disabling, degenerative bone diseases with significant economic and societal impacts. The incidence of these conditions increases with age but in recent years the number of younger patients has increased, due mainly to factors related to modern life-styles. The efficiency of current pharmacologic and implant-based solutions are limited and often poorly tolerated. OPHIS aims to develop new, engineered biomaterials for the regeneration of both the osteo-chondral region and the vertebral body degenerated by OA and OP. These devices will be based on the unique combination of biological triggers in the form of (i) nanostructured biomaterials able to mimic the extracellular matrices of either bone or cartilage (ii) chemical and biochemical cues able to direct, control and preserve the phenotypes of the relevant cells in their respective histological compartments. OPHIS will explore the frontiers of knowledge of the effect of nano-structures on tissue regeneration and lead to the de-novo design of active structures able to trigger this process. User friendly and highly performing tissue substitutes will be developed as both acellular and cellular matrices for the regeneration of specific anatomical regions compromised by OA and OP. Focus will also be given to the study of the interactions occurring at nano-scale level between the implanted materials and the natural tissues. This information will complement the body of data obtained through clinically reflective in vitro and in vivo models. Dissemination will be integrated step-wise with the strategy for intellectual property protection and exploitation.
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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

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Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 704 366

Administrative Contact

Anna Tampieri (Dr.)

Participants (8)

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FRIEDRICH-SCHILLER-UNIVERSITAT JENA

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 346 160

UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 468 000

UNIVERSITATSSPITAL BASEL

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 515 000

FIN-CERAMICA FAENZA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 465 000

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 357 480

ISTITUTO ORTOPEDICO RIZZOLI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 413 597

LABORATOIRE D'EVALUTION DES MATERIELS IMPLANTABLES SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 251 065

UNIVERSITA CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 419 040

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 246373

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2010

  • End date

    31 August 2014

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 413 927

  • EU contribution

    € 3 939 708

Coordinated by:

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy