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Multidisciplinary European training network for development of personalized anti-infective medical devices combining printing technologies and antimicrobial functionality

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Project "PRINT-AID" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Finland [FI]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙265˙900 €
 EC max contribution 2˙265˙900 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.1. (Fostering new skills by means of excellent initial training of researchers)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-ITN-ETN
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2020-12-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
2    APTUIT (VERONA) SRL IT (VERONA) participant 258˙061.00
4    UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN BE (ANTWERPEN) participant 250˙560.00
5    UNIVERSITEIT GENT BE (GENT) participant 250˙560.00
6    VOXDALE BVBA BE (WIJNEGEM) participant 250˙560.00
7    UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO PT (PORTO) participant 238˙356.00
8    POLITECHNIKA WARSZAWSKA PL (WARSZAWA) participant 224˙137.00
9    Academisch Medisch Centrum bij de Universiteit van Amsterdam NL (AMSTERDAM) participant 0.00
10    3DTECH OY FI (SALO) partner 0.00
11    BioSurface Technologies Corporation US (Bozeman) partner 0.00
13    Montana State University Bozeman US (Bozeman) partner 0.00


 Project objective

According to ECDC, over 4 million healthcare-associated infections in the EU cause 37,000 deaths and cost EUR 7 billion/year. Half of them are related to medical devices (i.e., catheters, implants) and 80% of these are related to bacterial biofilms. A recent EC report highlighted the medical device sector’s role in driving EU economic growth, employing 500k people in 25k companies (80% are SMEs) with annual sales of EUR 85 billion. The strategy to prevent medical device-infections is alteration of the device’s surface with antimicrobials. However, current antimicrobial surfaces don’t control bacterial growth in tissue surrounding implants, and only Sterilex® has received regulatory approval in the US as anti-biofilm agent. Participants in this proposal have earlier demonstrated a dramatic in vitro inhibition of biofilm formation by 3D-printing surfaces with antibiotics incorporated into the carrier polymers. This discovery opens new possibilities for printed medical devices that better resist biofilms. Our objective is to set-up a new European education platform to guide and inspire young researchers in the intersectoral exploration of innovative routes to counteract microbial biofilms by fabricating anti-infective, tailored, 3D-printed medical devices. Current opportunities for young researchers to receive an structured, inter-sectoral and up-to-date education on personalized medicine and medical devices are marginal, and to our knowledge PRINT-AID is the first ETN set up for this purpose. State-of-the-art printing technologies will be combined with in vitro and in vivo biofilm models and novel tools for data integration/standardization. Doctoral training will be performed within a high-quality network of 12 participants (5 industrial) from the EU and US. It will include online and face-to-face courses taught by researchers with academic and industrial expertise in biofilms, 3D-printing research, antimicrobials, material science, and drug development.


List of deliverables.
Methodological pipeline Other 2020-02-19 17:56:59
A manual of standardized methods and minimum information guidelines for biofilm experiments Documents, reports 2020-02-19 17:56:59
ESR recruitment course for ESR selection Other 2020-02-19 17:56:57
PRINT-AID website and social media Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-02-19 17:56:57

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of PRINT-AID deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Shella Gilbert-Girard, Malena Skogman, Kirsi Savijoki, Jari Yli-Kauhaluoma and Adyary Fallarero
Optimization of a high-throughput screening platform in 384 well plates for exploration of anti-biofilm activity based on resazurin and crystal violet staining
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Abstracts, poster, Biofilms 8 Conference 2020-02-19
2018 Frits van Charante, Charlotte Courtens, Serge van Calenbergh, Tom Coenye
The effect of fosmidomycin prodrugs against Acinetobacter baumannii and Burkholderia cenocepacia
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Abstract, poster, BSM Conference 2020-02-19
2018 Augusto Vazquez, Livia Ferrari, Antonio Felici
In-vivo evaluation of biofilm inhibitor-based formulations on printed femur implants
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Poster, PhD Day at the Life and Health Sciences School University of Verona 2020-02-19
2018 C.M. Guarch Pérez, M. Riool and S.A.J.Zaat
Development of personalized anti-infective medical devices in EU training consortium PRINT-AID
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Abstract/poster, KNVM&NVMM Dutch Conference 2020-02-19
2018 David Martínez Pérez1*, Clara Guarch Pérez2, Nehar Çelikkin1, Emilia Choińska1, Sebastian Zaat2, Wojciech Święszkowski1
\"\"\"Development of dual antibiotic-loaded PLGA microparticles - GelMAhydrogel formulations for 3D Printing technologies\"\"\"
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Abstract, poster, International Conference on Biofabrication 2018 2020-02-19
2017 Juliana
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2018 Jontana Allkja, Darla M. Goeres, Nuno Filipe Azevedo
Development of minimum information guidelines and standardized microtiter plate methods for biofilm experiments
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Abstract, poster, Montana Biofilm Science and Technology Meeting 2020-02-19
2018 C.M. Guarch Pérez, M. Riool and S.A.J.Zaat
Development of personalized anti-infective medical devices in EU training consortium PRINT-AID
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Abstract, poster, 29th ESB Biomaterials Congress 2020-02-19
2018 David Martínez Pérez1*, Clara Guarch Pérez2, Nehar Çelikkin1, Emilia Choińska1, Sebastian Zaat2, Wojciech Święszkowski1
\"\"\"Development of PLGA microparticles - GelMAhydrogel formulations with antimicrobialproperties for 3D Printing technologies\"\"\"
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Abstract, poster, European Society of Biomaterials (ESB) 2018 2020-02-19
2018 C.M. Guarch Pérez, M. Riool and S.A.J.Zaat
In vivo mouse evaluation of 3D printed femur biomaterials
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Poster, PhD retreat Amsterdam Infection & Immunity Institute 2020-02-19
2018 Juliana Aizawa Porto de Abreu
ESR fellow PRINT AID project
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Oral presentation, Recruitment event Integrated Training on Dry Eye Disease Drug Development IT-DED 2020-02-19
2018 C.M. Guarch Perez
3D printed formulations to prevent biomaterial bone infections
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2018 Inés Reigada, Ilkka Miettinen, Kirsi Savijoki, Adyary Fallarero
Orthogonal Approaches for Studying Bacterial Biofilms using Photometric Detection with Thermo Scientific Multiskan Sky and Brightfield Imaging with EVOS FL Auto Imaging System
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Application note, Thermo Fisher Scientific 2020-02-19
2018 Cristina Moliner; Inés Reigada; Carlota Gómez-Rincón; Malena Skogman; Adyary Fallarero
Effects of African marigold (Tagete erecta) on Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC25923), Staphylococcus aureus Newman and Staphylococcus epidermis (ATCC RP62A) biofilms
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Abstract, poster, Biofilms 8 Conference 2020-02-19

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