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Graphic element Biomaterials for health, wealth and employement
    09-06-2000
 

Exploitation of biomaterials has a major role in both public health to improve the quality of life and in the European economy. The global market is currently dominated by the USA but European Commission-funded research is bearing fruit. There have been important European advances in repairing damaged bone or skin, first steps in the direction of bio-hybrid organs and the introduction of new imaging tools for complex surgery. SMEs have played a key role in the success of this work.

  What are biomaterials?
  Biomaterials in public health
  Biomaterials and the European economy
  Meet Materialise: an SME success story
  Repairing damaged bone or skin
  Bio-hybrid organs
  Major EU-funded biomaterials projects

- A tissue-engineered living bone equivalent
- Development of a biodegradable scaffold for dermo-epidermal skin grafts
- Development and testing of membranes for biohybrid systems
- Laser photopolymerisation models based on medical imaging


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Key EU-funded research

EU-funding for biomaterials projects is part of the generic action on Materials and their technologies for production and transformation.

   

Successful projects include:

IsoBone : A tissue-engineered living bone equivalent (Project reference: BRPR980719)
Development of a biodegradable scaffold for dermo-epidermal skin grafts (Project reference: BRPR960227)
Development and testing of membranes for biohybrid systems (Project reference: BRPR980620)
Phidias : Laser photopolymerisation models based on medical imaging: A development improving the accuracy of surgery (Project reference: BRE20326)

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