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iSMART collaboration to improve outcomes for vascular and orthopaedic patients

iSMART collaboration leads to innovative product development using smart materials technology

The UK already leads the way in the development of biomaterials, implants and tissue engineering and the key to continuing this trend into the 21st century is the further development of smart materials technology.

With a wealth of multi-disciplinary expertise at its disposal, Nottingham Trent University has set up the Innovations in Surfaces, Materials and Related Technology (iSMART) initiative, which is part–funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

iSMART works with SMEs in the biomedical industry to research and develop smart materials technology, bringing new and innovative products to the market which will both reduce production costs and improve patient outcomes.

One such collaboration is with ESP Technology Ltd, a maturing SME with a unique fluoropolymer-based materials technology which can be applied either as a performance enhancing coating or made into new standalone devices. There is great potential for this technology in a wide range of medical applications, but the company's initial focus is in the area of orthopaedic implants and haemodialysis.

ESP Technology will be working closely with the NTU iSMART team to initially bring two new products to market. The resulting products will aim to improve haemodialysis grafts by reducing blood leakage and significantly reduce the risk of post-operative infections in patients who have received orthopaedic implants.

It is anticipated that at least one product will be launched to the market in 2016.

Ruth Burns, CEO at ESP Technology, said of the partnership: "We chose to work with NTU because of the team's expertise across a broad range of subject areas. We were also impressed by the growing community of biomedical and science businesses in Nottingham and have already taken steps to expand our footprint into Medicity."

If you would like to get involved with iSMART, then please email the team.

iSMART collaboration to improve outcomes for vascular and orthopaedic patients

Published on 2 April 2014
  • Category: School of Science and Technology

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