New approaches to treat and prevent tissue loss and infections around bone-anchored implants
|SP SVERIGES TEKNISKA FORSKNINGSINSTITUT AB - Kemi, material och ytor, Borås
|Funding from Vinnova
|SEK 500 000
|May 2014 - January 2015
|Challenge-Driven Innovation – Stage 1 initiation
Purpose and goal
The project is aiming to reduce clinical complications associated with bone anchored implants, such as dental implants or bone-anchoraged hearing aids. This directly complies with 3 opportunities within Future Healthcare challenge list: we support ageing population with safer and customized ´body parts´, we improve prevention and treatment of possible complications, and we achieve this by developing advanced methods and innovative products which are enhancing competitiveness of industry in Sweden.
Results and expected effects
The identified solutions include new tools for patient screening and diagnostics, new methods and products for on-demand treatment of failing implants (progression stopping and restoration), and new implant surfaces with improved biocompatibility, enhanced soft tissue seal and resistance to infections and inflammation. This improves quality of life to large number of patients, reduce healthcare costs, and strengthen growth of medical device industry. The proposed treatments of infections do not develop antibiotics resistance which is a global threat to society.
Approach and implementation
Multidisciplinary expertise available within consortium was successfully used to further define project scope, validate economic aspects of the challenge, identify possible solutions as well as knowledge gaps, define work structure for Stage 2, prepare draft of consortium agreement and expand the consortium with the additional partners possessing unique knowledge and technologies. Through workshops and meetings, various aspects of the challenge have been discussed and work package has been prepared to meet the requirements of different market players and end-users.