Project on smart matrices for knee cartilage repair got 5.5 millions from EU

The Microelectronics Research Unit (MIC) and the Research Unit of Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology (MIPT) at University of Oulu have received a new funding (about 1 million euros) from EU Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020 for innovative strategies to repair cartilage damage. The RESTORE project joins 9 European partners from 7 countries. The total funding for the 3.5-year project is worth 5.5 million euros.

RESTORE (User-centred smart 3D nanobiomaterial-based scaffold for chondral repair) project aims to develop smart and functional 3D matrices based on nanomaterials providing effective repair of chondral lesions. MIC and MIPT teams will focus on the incorporation of nanomaterials to 3D matrices and as well on the development of sensors to stimulate and monitor the cartilage healing.

‘My research group have been focusing on novel methods for early osteoarthritis diagnostics and prediction of its progression. RESTORE will complement the research we currently do in projects like MIRACLE and MAKNEE. Beyond the diagnostics, RESTORE will provide a novel solution for repairing the cartilage lesions,’ said Professor Simo Saarakkala.

‘MAKNEE prototype has proved to be an effective wearable device to evaluate the condition of the knee. With RESTORE, we expect to extend the MAKNEE concept to provide also the physical-stimuli for the nanoenabled 3D matrices,’ added the postdoctoral fellow Jérôme Thevenot.

The RESTORE project aims to create 3D matrices incorporating smart nanomaterials to repair knee cartilage lesions thereby reducing or delaying the onset of osteoarthritis, which currently affects 242 million people worldwide.

Source: University of Oulu

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