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Implant Disposable Antibacterial Coating (I.D.A.C.): a Novel Approach to Implant-Related Infections in Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery
EC contribution
: €
: 36 months
Starting date
: 01/01/2012
Funding scheme
: Collaborative project
: Coating, infection, antibacterial, biofilm, orthopaedics, trauma, prosthesis.
Contract/Grant agreement number
: 277988
Project web-site


The general aim of the present research is to develop, validate and bring to the market a fast resorbable, disposable anti-biofilm and anti-bacterial coating of biomaterials, to prevent and treat implant-related infections in orthopaedics and traumatology.


With a share of 38%, orthopaedic and traumatology (O&T) are the worldwide leading market of implanted biomaterials, involving millions of new patients each year at an increasing trend.
Bacterial infections associated with implanted biomaterials represent the most devastating complication in O&T, involving millions of citizens worldwide. Considering an average incidence of 2%, more than 20,000 new peri-prosthetic infections are acquired every year in Europe, however, due to the chronic behavior and frequent relapses of the disease, one may estimate that there are hundreds of thousands European citizens with a chronic peri-prosthetic joint infection and hundreds of thousands more with chronic implant-related infections after osteosynthesis for the internal fixation of fractures or osteotomies.

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