MESA+-researcher Pascal Jonkheijm receives a grant of 150,000 Euro from the European Committee to test a coating developed by him for implants like heart valves. The tissue can prevent infection of the implant's surrounding tissue.
The coating developed by Jonkheijm contains lipids (a fat-like substance) and can be used for all implants: from knee screws to heart valves. The UT-researcher uses a layer allowing the body to accept the implant and prevent infection of the tissue.
Currently, the type of coating that can be used, has to be determined for each implant individually according to Jonkheijm. ‘This new coating is cheaper than the current coatings and can be applied more easily to every type of implant.’
150.000 Euro grant
Jonkheijm receives a ERC Proof of Concept grant for his development, a European grant of 150.000 Euro. It is the first money that the University attracts from the research program Horizon 2020. ‘In the lab we already looked at our coating. With this money we can adapt the coating and test it on commercially available implants’, according the the MESA+-researcher. Also, he will conduct a business case to see if he can start a spin-off company. The technology has been patented.