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SME Specific MeasuresCompetitive and Sustainable Growth

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-00890

AcronymSTERNUMSUTURE

Proposal titleBIOABSORBABLE IMPLANT MATERIALS FOR CLOSING OF STERNOTOMY

AbstractThe operative procedure for heart surgery uses uncontrolled mechanical forces via stainless

steel wires over the sectioned sternum. The incidence of this kind of problems involves

about 10% of all operated patients. Hence, to date the increasing rate of both the

morbidity and mortality, due to such kind of complications, constitutes a genuine problem to

the patient, his family and the community as a whole. The goal of the project is to

develop new biodegradable implants (band and wires) that will replace the current used

stainless wires, and have no negative impact on patients' health and quality of life. In

this way we hope to eliminate uncontrolled operative procedure that is undoubtedly

responsible for the suture complications immediately postoperatively on the one hand and

functional (normal breathing) limitations on the other hand. The final deliverables will be:

- An improved resorbable implant (biomaterial band and wires) - A new set of

instruments helping the surgeon to properly apply the biomaterial - A new surgical

Protocol to be verified in a prospective clinical trial.

Key ActionGROW-5.   RTD activities of a generic nature : Materials and their technologies for

production and transformation and new and improved materials and production technologies

in the steel field

Start date20/09/2000End date20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 projectCooperative Research (CRAFT)Duration Exploratory Phase6 months

SME CoordinatorProf. Pertti TORMALACompany sizeS4

BIONX IMPLANTS LTD

Hermlenkatu 6-8 L

PO Box 3

33721 - TAMPERE

Finland

Phone: 358405146944

Fax: 35833434820

Email: tormala@cc.cut.fi

Internet: http://www.blonximplants.com

SME Proposer(s)

MEDICREAFranceS3

Profile of partners for joining the project

Business areas33 - Manufacture of medical, precision and optical instruments, watches and clocks

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Last update18/6/2001

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