First-Year Results Unveiled in BIOMET4D’s first Stakeholder Board Meeting

On October 6, BIOMET4D held the first meeting of its Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB) in which board members were updated on the project’s current status and its progress over the past year.

All of the SAB members were present for the meeting, including Ana María Zambrano López from APERTCRAS, Dr. Miguel Ángel Pelaez García from AEMPS and the UPM, Frank Reinauer from KLS, Dr. Pedro Martínez Seijas from CHUS, Dr. Ralf Smeets from UKE and Dr. Dylan Murray from CHI at Temple Street and MMUH.

During the meeting, the members were briefed on results from the first year of the project concerning the conception, design, and experimental demonstration of shape-morphing actuators; laser powder bed fusion

(LPBF) process of the biodegradable metals magnesium and zinc as well as the characterization of the 3D printed samples; and computational modeling of the corrosion of these biodegradable metals in physiological environments. The discussion with the SAB members centered around the craniosynostosis application with especially relevant input on the current clinical practice for the treatment of this condition as well as commercially available products.

BIOMET4D’s SAB is a board of experts committed to the project with the aim of evaluate the progress of the project and to provide advice concerning its potential exploitable results, its dissemination and communication activities, and ethical and regulatory aspects that may influence the expected impact of the project.

The BIOMET4D project aims to create a new generation of shape-shifting and load-bearing implants for dynamic tissue restoration and to introduce a revolutionary paradigm in how actuators can be implemented in biomedicine.

The BIOMET4D project has received funding from the EIC Pathfinder under grant agreement No 101047008. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA). Neither the European Union nor the EISMEA can be held responsible for them.

The project’s next SAB meeting will be held in Dublin, Ireland, in June 2024.