Spraybase® Technology Development
At Spraybase®, our mission is to develop innovative technologies encompassing electrospraying and/or electrospinning . We have a dedicated team of scientists and engineers working on several internal and collaborative projects aimed at strengthening our growing IP portfolio and that of our partners. If you are currently using Spraybase® or believe that our technology could enhance your reserach further, contact us to discuss a potential collaborative partnership.
Proof of Concept (POC)
Do you have an interesting idea but do not have the expertise or resources to investigate? Our expert team of scientists can engage in a feasibility study or a POC work programme to explore your concept. At our lab facility in Ireland we have the capacity to engage with your company or academic group to carry out a work package around your specific project needs. We are fully equipped in terms of materials and resources including chemical and biological labs with a variety of onsite analytical and characterization tools including SEM. If the outcome of the POC programme is successful, we will provide a customized solution as well as an application report to drive your research forward. To find out more about designing a POC programme with Spraybase® please contact us.
Current Spraybase® Collaborative Projects
CÚRAM - Centre for Research in Medical DeviceS
A Science Foundation Ireland research centre designing the next generation of ‘smart’ medical devices.
HOW ARE SPRAYBASE® INVOLVED?
CÚRAM’s Industry Programme Team helps facilitate collaborative research between CÚRAM funded investigators and industry partners. Spraybase® collaborate with the School of Pharmacy in RSCI, Dublin, Ireland on a project titled "EVALUATION OF NEOTISSUE FORMATION ON BIO-ENGINEERED TRACHEAL SCAFFOLDS".
INTERREG - North-Western Europe
Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) is a European Territorial Cooperation Programme funded by the European Commission with the ambition to make the North-West Europe area a key economic player and an attractive place to work and live, with high levels of innovation, sustainability and cohesion. It invests EUR 370 million of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in activities based on the cooperation of organisations from eight countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
HOW ARE SPRAYBASE® INVOLVED?
Spraybase® are an Industry Partner within a consortium of both academic and industry partners. The project application "BONE ; BIO-FABRICATION OF ORTHOPEDICS IN A NEW-ERA" was approved in March 2017.
PRESS RELEASE- July 6th 2017
European Project BONE: Eliminating the need for repeat surgery
A European transnational consortium led by Maastricht University (UM) will spend the next four years developing innovative bone implants. These implants will become an alternative for repeat surgeries, prolonged medication use and donor tissue implementation following complex bone fractures. The BONE partnership will also provide the participating regions with a significant economic boost. The official kick-off of the international research project BONE, which stands for Biofabrication of Orthopaedics in a New Era, will be held on Thursday July 6th in Paris, France.
Bone Implants and Consortium
Research has demonstrated that residents of Northwestern Europe are more likely to develop degenerative bone disorders in comparison to their EU counterparts. As a result, this region has the highest number of bone fractures and bone defects within Europe, which has evident social and economic consequences. In the field of regenerative medicine, researchers have been working hard to create innovative bone implants that can enhance recovery times and reduce health care costs. In addition to UM, this international partnership consists of the universities of Leuven (Belgium) and Lille (France), Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen (Germany), Medicen Paris Region, a leading biomedical cluster in Paris (France) and enabling technology companies The Electrospinning Company (UK), NKT Photonics (International) and Spraybase® (Ireland). Over the next four years, these partners will work together developing the technology needed to produce these implants. The project initiators will also establish a roadmap to manufacture and market these implants at the end of the project, to ensure long term impact of their actions.
At the basis of these smart bone implants lies an innovative technology, known as electrospinning. This technology enables researchers to create implants that have the potential to help the regeneration of healthy bone tissue. 'We want to improve the surface properties of the bone implants in a way that ensures the success of the regeneration process,' says Lorenzo Moroni, Professor of Biofabrication for Regenerative Medicine at UM. 'That's why we're combining electrospinning with other technologies. An added advantage is that this will help us expand the library of suitable materials for smart bone implants.' The technological hub of Project BONE lies in the Maastricht region (Brightlands Campus) and Aachen, with the preclinical tests to be carried out in Leuven and Lille.
Regenerative medicine is a relatively new discipline that is proving to be both promising for patients and valuable for the economy. Professor Moroni shares his experience of being affiliated with one of the biggest European projects in this field, the virtual institute REGMED XB. This is a notable advantage for the consortium group. The project BONE will create fifteen jobs, two new products (improved technology and smart bone implants) and foster close collaboration between the multiple economic regions in Northwestern Europe, thereby helping them to expand their innovative capacity. BONE is financed by the Interreg NWE programme, a cross-border partnership that is financially supported by the European Fund for Regional Development.