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EU-funded project works on a prototype of an active implant that will restore the transmission of signals in the injured spinal cord


New projects

EU-funded project works on a prototype of an active implant that will restore the transmission of signals in the injured spinal cord

Wednesday, 18 July, 2018
Active Bypass work process
The FET-Open project ByAxon is developing a new generation of sensors and electrodes for neural interfacing, bringing together both nano- and neuro- science.

The aim of the project is to design and build a prototype of an active implant that works directly at the spinal cord level, focusing on the restoration of the transmission of signals in the injured spinal cord. The device will combine high-resolution sensing of magnetic fields produced by the neuron’s activity plus functional stimulation electrodes with enhanced adhesion. The final prototype will act as a bi-directional bypass working at room temperature, something not possible using current technology. The research on magnetoresistive materials will enable the detection of ultra-small magnetic fields. This, when combined with the investigation on biocompatibility of the materials, will produce the necessary knowledge to make a technological leap.

Although in its early stages, the project has already delivered a first prototype of an artificial neuron that allows the generation of magnetic fields similar to those generated by neural tissue. The first generation of the magnetic sensors and nanostructured electrodes have been designed and are ready to be implanted in in-vitro neuronal cultures. Next the biocompatibility tests will be followed by the optimization of the design, then implantation in a pair of spinal explants, enabling the final model of the bypass prototype.

This EU-funded, research and innovation FET-Open project is coordinated by the IMDEA Nanociencia and has 6 partners. If you are interested to learn more, please visit the ByAxon website.

Project: 
Towards an active bypass for neural reconnection
Project Acronym: 
ByAxon

Published on: Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:44:29 +0000

4th Organic Innovation Days


Venue: 
brussels
Events
Monday, 16 July, 2018

4th Organic Innovation Days

The 4th edition of the organic innovation days will look into European opportunities for funding organic research and innovation under Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe. Registration opens on 20th July.

Published on: Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:09:34 +0000

Fast-track your business with the EIT RawMaterials Accelerator Programme


News

Fast-track your business with the EIT RawMaterials Accelerator Programme

Tuesday, 10 July, 2018
EIT RawMaterials Accelerator Programme
EIT RawMaterials launches its first Accelerator Programme. This is a call for start-ups that consider they already have an innovative offering (at TRL4-6) and see the opportunity in rapidly developing this offering to the exploration, mining, mineral processing, metal, mineral and steel making and recycling industries as well as their suppliers of equipment and tools. The call is to apply for Phase 1 Invent of the EIT RawMaterials Accelerator Programme. Read more and apply until 30 July 2018!

Published on: Tue, 10 Jul 2018 11:43:26 +0000

EIT InnoEnergy supported start-up CorPower raises €8.2 million for full scale demonstration


News

EIT InnoEnergy supported start-up CorPower raises €8.2 million for full scale demonstration

Tuesday, 10 July, 2018
CorPower
EIT InnoEnergy supported start-up CorPower Ocean has recently announced an investment of 8.2M€ from the Swedish Energy Agency to commercialise the technology at full scale. After 18 months of testing and final verification of survival and power generation in Scotland, CorPower has indeed proven that its technology can produce electricity at a competitive cost. Read the full story!

Published on: Tue, 10 Jul 2018 11:36:56 +0000

Commissioner Moedas presents Horizon Europe to the largest science meeting on the continent


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Commissioner Moedas presents Horizon Europe to the largest science meeting on the continent

Monday, 9 July, 2018
Today marks the beginning of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF2018) in Toulouse. This is the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in Europe that brings together over 4000 delegates from 80 countries. At this event Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, will deliver a keynote speech on Horizon Europe, the new EU research and innovation programme proposed for 2020-2027.

Published on: Mon, 09 Jul 2018 12:30:08 +0000

HybridHeart: a soft biocompatible artificial heart


New projects

HybridHeart: a soft biocompatible artificial heart

Thursday, 5 July, 2018
HybridHeart's work based on in situ tissue engineering, soft robotics and wireless energy transfer
The HybridHeart consortium envisions to develop and bring to the clinic a soft biocompatible artificial heart, which can completely replace a patient’s heart in a procedure similar to a heart transplant.

HybridHeart will provide a cure for heart failure, which affects ~23 million people worldwide. Hybrid Heart will consist of a soft robotics shell with actuators (‘artificial muscles’) and sensors, enabling completely natural motion. The inner lining and structures will be made by in situ tissue engineering (TE), ensuring biocompatibility of blood-contacting surfaces.

To achieve the ambitious goal the participants will, in parallel, develop the components of the HybridHeart: 1) a soft elastomeric robotics shell containing actuators and sensors, 2) scaffolds for in situ TE of inner lining, valves and vessels and 3) a wireless energy transfer system. These components together will form the full HybridHeart, which will be soft, adaptable, wireless and fully bio- and hemocompatible. Both functionality as well as biocompatibility of the HybridHeart will be shown in a Proof-of-Principle study in the chronic sheep model at the end of the project.

The technology underlying the HybridHeart is applicable to a range of soft robotics-based artificial organs, including the bowel, lung, or muscle structures (limbs). Replacing an entire organ with bioinspired robotic elements, TE biocompatible surfaces, artificial sensors, and an external power source allows for an off-the-shelf therapy for patients with organ failure.

This FET-Open project is coordinated by the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam and has 6 partners. If you want to know more, please visit the HybridHeart website.

Project: 
Development of the first fully biocompatible, soft actuated heart: combining in situ tissue engineering and soft robotics
Project Acronym: 
HybridHeart

Published on: Thu, 05 Jul 2018 10:36:52 +0000

Europe must step up its efforts on research and innovation


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Europe must step up its efforts on research and innovation

Monday, 2 July, 2018
The European Council confirmed in Brussels yesterday the set-up of an European Innovation Council for market-creating innovation under the next EU long-term budget. The Council also invited the Commission to launch a new pilot initiative on breakthrough innovation within the remaining time of Horizon 2020.

Published on: Mon, 02 Jul 2018 09:50:32 +0000

EIC Pilot selects 242 innovative companies for funding


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EIC Pilot selects 242 innovative companies for funding

Thursday, 28 June, 2018
A total of 242 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from 30 countries have been selected for funding under the latest round of the SME Instrument. The companies will receive a total amount of €12 million to share between their projects to get their innovations faster on the market.

Published on: Thu, 28 Jun 2018 14:15:36 +0000

Europe must deepen its innovation edge, scoreboard shows


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Europe must deepen its innovation edge, scoreboard shows

Friday, 22 June, 2018
The Commission's 2018 European Innovation Scoreboard published today shows that the EU's innovation performance continues to improve, but further efforts are needed to ensure Europe's global competitiveness. This year's edition reveals a positive trend in the majority of EU countries – most notably in Malta, the Netherlands, and Spain, with Sweden remaining the EU innovation leader.

Published on: Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:18:53 +0000

Design driven innovation training for SMEs at EIT House in Brussels


Events
Venue: 
Brussels, Brussels Capital Region, Belgium

Design driven innovation training for SMEs at EIT House in Brussels

Tuesday, 3 July, 2018
Discover how design-driven innovation can improve your competitiveness, efficiency and sustainability during our cost-free training at the EIT House in Brussels. The course will provide participants with a meaningful view of the benefits and opportunities of design-driven innovation, with presentations, case studies and team work in one full day. The target group is SMEs and SME intermediaries. Register now!

Published on: Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:58:38 +0000

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