WG 7: Biomaterials

Chair: Silvia Pascale (Sorin Group Italia – LivaNova) & Enrica Vernè (Politecnico di Torino)

Scope and objective of this WG

WG7 Biomaterials is a group of people working in the field of biomaterials with different approaches, coming from Academy, Private Research Institutions and Industry.

It would became a self standing virtual structure able to contribute to the policies and activities at EU level on Material & Technologies for biomedical applications.

Approach and aims:

  • To contribute to create the conditions for an effective coordination and integration of different stakeholders, views and resources in the field of Biomaterials R&D at the EU level;
  • To achieve the best and most effective coordination between different sectors, maintaining their relative autonomy, interests and strategies, driving the expected synergy through a common path which integrates actors, resources and strategies from the fundamental aspects of biomaterials science up to the industrial system which produce and/or transform the materials into valuable products;
  • To make effective contributions to the Societal Grand Challenges.

Actions:

  • In order to be effective, the WG7 elaborated a Term of References (ToR) for the group that should be in-line with the EuMaT ToR (taking into consideration specificities of WG7).
  • The ToR define vision, objectives, scope and activities and it will be updated every two years. It is available for the download (link at right).

Activities:

  • On 13-14 September 2016 the workshop “Cross-Cutting Key Enabling Technologies for Healthcare” was held in Brussels. This important event was organized by DG Research and Innovation & DG CONNECT with the aim of explaining the status and explore possible actions for shaping the future of Healthcare and the role of medical technologies. You can find here the link with all the presentations, including the one with the Eumat Visions and Strategic Research Agenda suggestions. 

 

  • Under the suggestion of the EU commission, on 30 June 2016, a first meeting between the EuMat and Nanomedicine platforms took place. The participants were Hans Jörg Meisel (chairman of the nanomedicine platform), Marco Falzetti (chairman of EuMat steering committee), Silvia Pascale and Enrica Verné (chairpersons of the EuMat WG7). It was a first occasion to meet, share information about the missions of the two platforms and take the contact in order to plan future synergies and collaborations.

 

  • On 16-17 July 2014, an international workshop, focused on clinical, research and industrial issues related to biomaterials for regeneration and therapy, has been organized at Politecnico di Torino (Torino, Italy): “Materials for Health: a Value Chain in the Frame of H2020”. The workshop was organized with the co-participation of three European Working Groups on Biomaterials: WG “Materials for Health” of the platform Alliance for Materials Italia, WG3 “Biomaterials” of KMM VIN and WG7 “Biomaterials” of the EuMat platform. More than 100 participants attended the presentations, given by speakers of outstanding scientific level. The event represented an opportunity for the scientific community (from different perspectives) to exchange ideas on the “hot topics” listed in the next H2020 calls concerning Materials for Health, as well as for young researchers to improve their personal skills and widen their perspectives on related topics. As main output, the organizers collected a list of expressions of interests from the participants, who shared their competencies and interests about the topics listed in the H2020 program within the frame of the three European Working Groups on Biomaterials.

Other specific actions could be also developed to:

  • Organize a network of European competencies in the field of Materials for Health
  • Drive synergy in the biomedical research and industrial systems
  • Contribute to the definition of the European research and funding strategies
  • Contribute to increase the competitiveness of Europe in the field of materials for health

 

 
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