Pre-Christmas event explores drug-free antibacterial technology for medical applications


Infection has become one of the toughest problems in the medical world, with bacteria increasingly resistant to drugs. Can infection be controlled and managed using materials and surfaces instead? Explore this question with Lucideon, HyMedPoly and speakers from across Europe at a one-day event co-ordinated by Cambridge Network.

The meeting on Friday 14th December will review advances and needs in these technologies from business, clinical and research perspectives.

It will cover aspects including:

  • Clinical need and issues faced by drug-free antibacterial technology
  • Antibacterial materials; synthetic polymers, natural polymers, glasses and ceramics
  • Developing products and novel technologies for medical devices and cosmetic, pharmaceutical and medical applications
  • Networks and support in anti-bacterial technology.

Participants will have an opportunity to view posters on the project and to meet members of the project’s researcher cohort, who will outline results to advance products for medical and personal healthcare.

Confirmed Speakers:

09.30 Registration and coffee
10.00 New Concepts of Drug-free Antibacterial Science Technology
Dr Xiang Zhang, Lucideon Limited, Cambridge, UK
Prof. Ipsita RoyUniversity of Westminster, London, UK
10.10 The Art of Commercialising Research
Prof. Chris Lowe, University of Cambridge, UK
10.40 Stress Analysis, Design and Fabrication of Biostructures: The Role + Impact of Additive Manufacturing
Prof Atul Bhaskar, University of Southampton, UK
11.00 Clinical Need and Issues Faced by Drug-Free Antibacterial Technology
Dr Jochen Salber, UMC Knappschaftskrankenhaus Bochum, Germany
11.20 Break
11.40 Biomimetic Strategies in the Design of Antibacterial Synthetic Polymers
Prof. Gianluca Ciardelli, Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy
12.00 Antibacterial Natural Polymers
Prof. Ipsita Roy, University of Westminster, London, UK
12.20 Antibacterial Properties of Nonopatterns
Prof. Amir A. Zadpoor, TU Delft, The Netherlands
12.40 Research rapid fire presentations (10 presentations, 2 minutes)
13.00 Lunch and Poster Viewing
14.00 The Development of Antibacterial Inorganic Materials and Their Potential for New Medical Technologies
Dr Mark Cresswell, Lucideon Limited, Stoke on Trent, UK
14.20 Developing functionalized Biopolymers: Products for Cosmetic, Pharmaceutical, Biological and Medical Applications
Dr Hongyun Tai, Blafar Limited, Dublin, Ireland
14.40 Novel Antimicrobial Technology for Medical Devices; BALI, IBIZA and PRINT-AID
Dr S.A.J. Zaat, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands
15.00 Break
15.20 New Anti-Biofilm Strategies from Understanding Biofilm Life Cycle Dynamics
Prof. Jeremy Webb, University of Southampton, UK
15.50 Speaker Discussions
16.15 Overview of the day / next steps

The meeting – which takes place from 9am at The Hauser Forum (The Entrepreneurship Centre, 3 Charles Babbage Road, CB3 0GT) –  is supported in part through HyMedPoly*. This is a four-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme project developing new anti-bacterial therapies based on polymers and inorganic materials.

This event is being run jointly by Cambridge Network with member, Lucideon, an international, independent materials technology company that applies its materials expertise in ceramics, metals and polymers to a range of sectors including healthcare, construction, ceramics, aerospace and power engineering.

Cambridge Network members: There is a charge of £50+VAT per person for attending this one-day event.
Non-members:  There is a charge of £100+VAT per person.
Find out more and sign up here.

*HyMedPoly has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant programme No. 643050.

Sponsors of Anti-Bacterial Conference


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