Healikick is a Horizon 2020 funded project aiming to deliver next generation bone graft materials for the repair of major critical defects. The team working on the project include academics from the Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde, Navarra, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, along with industrial partners at Histocell, Bilbao. The project builds on previous grants from EPSRC, BBSRC, STFC, and the Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation which have developed two novel technologies to stimulate bone formation. HealiOst is a coating technology which uses a bioactive polymer to control fibronectin fibrillogenesis and present growth factors efficiently at low doses. Nanokicking is a method of stimulating stem cells to undergo osteogenesis using nano-amplitude vibration. Within Healikick, we will combine these technologies as modular bone graft materials to help tackle the significant clinical challenges often faced in orthopaedic and reconstructive surgery.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 874889