Engineered Antibacterial Solutions for temporary Fixation devices
Wallonia, Belgium Finpiemonte, Italy
The aim of the project is the realization of innovative antibacterial and antiadhesive temporary fixation devices, in order to overcome the main current issues: bacterial contamination and tissue overgrowth. The EASy-FIX Consortium, coordinated by Intrauma, has a specific interest in the development of medical devices with antibacterial properties, because they could drastically reduce infections of orthopaedic and trauma devices.Intrauma has a great interest in developing and commercializing a product portfolio able to solve this problem on both Titanium (and its alloys) and Stainless Steel substrates. Politecnico di Torino and Ionics are key partners for developing a coating technology able to optimize the device properties, production prices and warrantying the industrialization of the process. The coated devices will be able to address the main needs of temporary fixation devices: bacterial contamination and tissue overgrowth by a reduction of bacterial adhesion compared to traditional uncoated ones, an antibacterial action against the main pathogens involved in prosthetic infections (e.g. S. aureus) and a reduction of tissue overgrowth compared to the standard uncoated ones.