The Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering division of the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC) is participating in the PNano4Bone (Nanovectors engineered for plasma enhanced theranostics in regenerative medicine) European project. The project is focused on improving the results associated with the use of scaffolds in regenerative medicine for bone tissue for critical-size defects. The main objective is to develop new nanovectors for incorporation into polymer-based scaffolds that are expected to improve adhesion, proliferation and differentiation of living cells through plasma treatments. In addition, the aim is to provide the molecules required to improve cell behaviour in the scaffolding, both through the controlled release of drugs or biomolecules stored inside the nanovectors, and through the local production of reactive species that will enable the function of living cells to be programmed.
Other participants in the project consortium include the Medical University of Lublin (MUL)) and the Lublin University of Technology (LUT) of Poland, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. The project will last three years and has a budget of 1.5 million euros.