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EPSRC Reference: EP/C01328X/1
Title: Manufacture of Bio-Functional Components by Freeform Fabrication
Principal Investigator: Derby, Professor B
Other Investigators:
Ulijn, Professor R Mummery, Professor P Gough, Professor J
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Professor RA Harris Professor D Williams
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Department: Materials
Organisation: University of Manchester, The
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 15 April 2005 Ends: 14 August 2007 Value (£): 529,819
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Biomaterials
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Healthcare
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Tissue engineering is a new discipline at the interface of engineering and the life sciences that aims to design and grow medical implants specific to a patient's needs; e.g. new skin for burn victims, replacement cartlidge for arthritic patients or those suffereing from injury, spinal implants for osteoporosis sufferers. A major obstacle to this technology is the ability to manufacture engineering structures (scaffolds) that act as a temporary home for the cells used to generate the new tissues. In this proposal we will use novel 3-dimensional manufacturing tools to overcome these barriers to progress in tissue engineering. These techniques include ink-jet printing, 3-D photopatterning (stereolithography) and a stylus with sub-micron resolution. To achieve these aims we will need to develop new materials and methodologies working with our collabiorators in Loughborough University.
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