Both projects will continue to be steered by industrial and clinical priorities via the establishment of an Industrial Advisory Group (IAG). The first meeting of members is scheduled for 27th June 2003 and there are still opportunities for organisations to participate. Representing large manufacturing companies, SMEs and NHS specialists, the IAG will provide a focal point for open discussion and the sharing of views on the project. Moreover it specifically adds value to the project through in-kind contributions of materials, access to test equipment, participation in inter-laboratory validation of tests and relevant professional expertise.
Interactions of Cells with Biomaterials Surfaces will focus on developing methods that will enable the biomaterials industry to reproducibly and reliably measure the attachment of cells to biomaterial surfaces.
The interaction of implanted devices with living tissue and individual cells is an important determinant in the success and safety of indwelling prosthetic devices. To this end, this systematic study will utilise human primary cells that have been immortalised by telomerase transfection to ensure that the data generated relate to 'normal' cell behaviour. The materials chosen for the study will represent those that are commonly used in implants e.g. polymers, ceramics, stainless steel and titanium.
Characterisation and Degradation of Tissue Scaffolds, is concerned with identifying suitable procedures for chara
Contact: Noor Kheir
National Physical Laboratory