Department of Biomaterials has developed, as the only group in the world, loadable titanium dioxide bone graft substitute with compressive strength of 3.4 MPa. The following Norwegian invention was awarded a large EU project (NewBone) which just finished.
The new grant from the Norwegian Research Council will continue this work and prolong the project and build on further innovative step of such bone graft substitute into third generation regeneration nano-structured biomaterials. In order to success, interdisciplinary work between biochemistry, biotechnology and nano material science is crucial. The main objective of the project is to develop a nano-structured surface which both enhances the mechanical strength of the bone graft to above 5 MPa and also provide anchorage bioactive molecules for enhanced bone response.
The continuum of this work will be very interesting. We expect a high impact and to identify the to optimal combination of surface qualities and biomolecular modifications, to provide a implantation site optimal for bone growth and implant integration in the host tissues.
For more information about this project, please contact Researcher Håvard J. Haugen.