Ceramic composite materials have for many years been considered to show great promise in the repair of musculoskeletal defects. The materials can mimic the structure of bone, and devices made from the materials can be structured to closely match the mechanical requirements of implant sites. In addition, wide ranges of bioactivity are possible, from inert to fully resorbable.
Bioceramics have most commonly been used to date in dentistry, and in some orthopaedic applications, e.g. as an injectable paste for vertebroplasty, or as a coating material for metal orthopaedic implants. However, advances in cellular medicine bring great opportunity for significant growth in the bioceramics industry – bioceramics and bioceramic composites offer levels of bioactivity which far exceed those available from metal implants, together with combinations of strength and modulus which exceed anything which can be offered by bioactive polymers on their own. Working in tandem with cells, proteins and other biologically active agents (both from the host and introduced) bioceramic composites have the potential to revolutionise many treatments and therapies, giving new, highly effective early stage clinical interventions for conditions where no approach has existed to date.
In order to deliver on the potential shown by bioceramic composites the combination of mechanical design, materials, processing, clinical delivery and subsequent biological interaction all have to be understood in an integrated and systematic way. The RESTORATION project will address this underlying research and technological challenge in order to develop new bioceramic products for five SME partner companies.
|This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 280575|
RESTORATION, an European research project, has developed new resorbable bioceramic materials that can be used in three different cases: the mandible, the vertebrae and the knees. Thanks to the excellent project results, these products might be availa [ ... ]
The RESTORATION consortium is proud to present you the project video in 3D animation! In 3 minutes, you will understand the essentials of the project and get a clear view about its main activities and results. It has been a challenge to represent vir [ ... ]
The consortium just published the second and last newsletter of the project. It mailny includes dissemination and communication activities done in the last months of the proejct to raisw awareness around RESTORATION. We hope you will enjoy the readin [ ... ]