Project: Chemical metrology tools to support the manufacture of advanced biomaterials in the medical device industry

The global medical device industry is worth over 200 billion € annually but, although implanted medical devices improve the quality of life for millions of people, the rates of complications and failures due to incompatibility with human tissues and infection remain unacceptably high. Surface technologies that could help reduce this failure rate include thin film coatings, surface grafted biomolecules, nanoparticle coatings and drug eluting materials, which slowly release drugs into the body over a period of time. However, these technologies need new measurements to ensure the quality, efficacy and safety of the devices that use them. This project will develop the chemical measurement tools to characterise advances in biomaterials for the medical device industry. It will bridge the gap between proven laboratory techniques and emerging technologies. The results will help improve patient safety and enable European companies to remain competitive by increasing the quality and reproducibility of their products

Acronym IND56 Q-AIMDS (Reference Number: IND56)
Duration 01/04/2013 - 31/03/2016
Project Topic Metrology
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2012 - Industry, SI Broader Scope and Open Excellence

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 NPL Management Limited Coordinator United Kingdom
2 Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung Partner Germany
3 Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica Partner Italy
4 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Partner Germany
5 Dansk Fundamental Metrologi A/S Observer Denmark
6 Medtronic Bakken Research Center B.V. Observer Netherlands
7 Smith & Nephew Medical Limited Observer United Kingdom
8 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover Germany
9 The University of Nottingham United Kingdom
10 Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster Germany