The RAPIDOS project – European and Chinese collaborative research on biomaterials

David Eglin, Mauro Alini, Joost de Bruijn, Julien Gautrot, Dirk W. Grijpma, Lukas Kamer, Yuxiao Lai, Shibi Lu, Ton Peijs, Jian Peng, Ting Ting Tang, Xianluan Wang, Xinjiang Wang, R. Geoff Richards, Ling Qin

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The research project entitled “rapid prototyping of custom-made bone-forming tissue engineering constructs” (RAPIDOS) is one of the three unique projects that are the result of the first coordinated call for research proposals in biomaterials launched by the European Union Commission and the National Natural Science Foundation of China in 2013 for facilitating bilateral translational research. We formed the RAPIDOS European and Chinese consortium with the aim of applying technologies creating custom-made tissue engineered constructs made of resorbable polymer and calcium phosphate ceramic composites specifically designed by integrating the following: (1) imaging and information technologies, (2) biomaterials and process engineering, and (3) biological and biomedical engineering for novel and truly translational bone repair solutions. Advanced solid free form fabrication technologies, precise stereolithography, and low-temperature rapid prototyping provide the necessary control to create innovative high-resolution medical implants. The use of Chinese medicine extracts, such as the bone anabolic factor icaritin, which has been shown to promote osteogenic differentiation of stem cells and enhance bone healing in vivo, is a safe and technologically relevant alternative to the intensely debated growth factors delivery strategies. This unique initiative driven by a global consortium is expected to accelerate scientific progress in the important field of biomaterials and to foster strong scientific cooperation between China and Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-84
JournalJournal of orthopaedic translation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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