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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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address: FABIANINKATU 33
postcode: 00014

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 Coordinator Country Finland [FI]
 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
3    Academisch Medisch Centrum bij de Universiteit van Amsterdam NL (AMSTERDAM) participant 255˙374.00
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    3DTECH OY FI (SALO) partner 0.00
10    BioSurface Technologies Corporation US (Bozeman) partner 0.00
12    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.

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