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MEDILIGHT Smart System for Wound Therapy in EC Newsletter

The European project MEDILIGHT aspired to develop a medical device which uses proven therapeutic effects of visible light to enhance the self-healing process and to monitor the status and history of the wound during therapy. As the project is in its final months, finalizing validation of the prototype, the project’s success story was featured in European Commission’s Electronics newsletter.  Click HERE to find out more about what MEDILIGHT has achieved.

 

Flexible, Wearable and Organic Electronics projects within H2020

Flexible electronics also known as flex electronics as well as wearable electronics, printed electronics and organic electronics and/or organic semiconductors are emerging technologies driving markets in the areas that require flexibility and stretchability in the functionality of end products.
Previously, in Horizon 2020 programme around 56 projects have been funded in technological areas involving flexible, wearable, printed and/or organic electronics. Out of the 56 projects, eight are funded through Innovation Action scheme, six through Research and Innovation Action scheme, nineteen through Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, seventeen via European Research Council, five through the SME schemes and one project was funded through Coordination and Support Actions. Even though most projects to date were commenced in the year 2016, more funding was dedicated to Flex electronics and organic electronics in the year 2015.
Private companies involved in more than one project are in this technological field are AMIRES s.r.o (Czech Republic), FlexEnable (UK), M-SOLV LTD (UK), Silvaco Europe Ltd (UK) and Siemens Healthcare (Germany). Among the RTOs, the main players are CEA (France), IMEC (Belgium) and Joanneum Research (Austria). Other key players in the field of flexible and wearable electronics are VTT (Finland), Max-Planck (Germany) and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece).
The various mature technologies within the projects that were previously funded via RIA and IA schemes are as outlined below:
  • Development of lED displays for advertisement manufacturing process combining Roll-to-Sheet and Roll-to-Roll of flexible electronics with In-mould hybrid integration of TOLAE (Thin Organic and Large Area Electronics) and photonics components – Optintegral project (IA)
  • demonstrate the influence of different surface enhancing and modification techniques on Carbon fibre -based materials for high value and high-performance applications including CNF-based structures for flexible electronics applications- MODCOMP project (IA)
  • Improving the specificity and sensitivity of flat panel X-ray detectors and more importantly advancing the safety of environment and health by establishment of a new solvent-free manufacturing process for large area hybrid-organic electronics – DiCoMo project (RIA)
  • Leveraging the large area and organic electronics to turn classical ceramic tile into a “multifunctional electronic luminous tile” – LUMENTILE project (RIA)
  • Developing a pilot line for the manufacture and system-level integration of flexible organic electronics OLEDs into products by creating an open access mode and serve customers from along the value chain with individual product designs, validation of upscaling concepts, and system-level flexible OLED integration – PI-SCALE project (IA)
  • Taking advantage of wearable electronics and Big Data to collect data and quantify behavioral community patterns on child and adolescent obesity. The collected data will be used to reshape policies at a regional. national and European level on obesity by having in place data-driven effectiveness predictions about specific policies on a community and the real-time monitoring of the population response – BigO project (RIA)
  • Moving beyond current TOLAE demonstration through a major technology jump that drives scalability towards nanoscale resolution and high-definition cost-effective printing. This will be achieved by engineering and scaling up to industrial lines, some new multifunctional high-performing inks and high-resolution roll-to-roll (R2R) process or sheet-to-sheet (S2S) processes of electronic printing of including nano-imprinting and gravure printing – ATLASS project (IA)
  • Acknowledging the potential of printed electronics as revolutionary to electronics industry with an annual growth rate of 32.5% and ability to regain the market share of Europe in electronics, there is need to ensure there is sufficient industrial supply of nanomaterials which are low cost, high performance., environmentally friendly and tailored for high throughput systems. Therefore, better collaboration will be enhanced and encouraged between supply chain partners to ensure nanomaterial production and nanomaterial formulations are tailored for end use applications to meet this need – INSPIRED project (IA)
  • Applying the concept of nanomaterials for printing application to flexible printed electronics and more specifically to printed batteries and provision of new sources of nanomaterials (for example metallic particle (Ni. Cu. Al) and layered positive active material such as LiNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2 (NMC) and olivine LiFePO4) for the formulation of conductive and electrochemical inks to be used in flexible electronics – BASMATI project (IA)
  • Providing an open access pilot line service for Hybrid Thin Organic and Large Area Electronics (H-TOLAE) technologies capable of sampling products at industrially relevant environment (TRL6) and system prototype demonstration in operational environment (TRL 7) – InSCOPE project (IA)
  • Bringing flexible electronics from lab to market through the development of extremely thin, flexible and durable electronics and establishing the supply chain that allows for standardized manufacturing at the lowest cost and highest volumes of Near Field Communication (NFC) tags and cards and their printable substrates (paper, cardboard, plastic, …) for the advancement of Internet of Things and the ‘internet of games’ – PING project (RIA)
  • Create a technology acceleration hub dedicated to help innovative companies to access new markets and grow their business in adopting OLAE (Organic Light Advanced Electronics) technologies in new products lines. The hub is essentially an organized European innovation network dedicated to OLAE. This network seeks to advise startups, small and medium companies interested in OLAE to be more competitive through innovation and new business models- SmartEEs project (IA)
  • development of optoelectronic materials and devices (organic solar cells, photodetectors and image sensors as well as organic light-emitting diodes) which operate in the near infrared (NIR) region. OSNIRO –(MSCA)
  • reduction of the time to market of OLEDS and organic thin film transistors and circuits with fast operation. Reduction of the production costs of organic devices by enabling a fully solution processed technology coupled with reduction of design costs at circuit level through an integrated model linking molecular design to circuit operation- EXTMOS (RIA)
  • Modelling stability of organic phosphorescent light-emitting diodes so as to integrate various levels of theoretical materials characterization into a single software package, to streamline the research workflows in order for the calculations to be truly usable by materials engineers, complementary to experimental measurements- MOSTOPHOS (RIA)
  • Development of a smart, wearable system, which will provide a personalized therapy for treatment of chronic wounds using the effect of blue light – MEDILIGHT (RIA)

MEDILIGHT Presented at MNBS 2017 Workshop

MEDILIGHT took part in the Annual Concertation and Consultation Workshop on Micro-Nano-Bio Systems (MNBS), which was held in Amsterdam on 12 – 13 December 2017, and was co-located with the International MicroNanoConference. During the event, Martina Urbankova of AMIRES delivered a presentation in which MEDILIGHT concept and the plan for translation from the concept into product were presented.  In the presentation, project’s good practice was also shared. MEDILIGHT demonstrator was showcased. Click HERE for the presentation.

MEDILIGHT also contributed to the inSSIght project workshop, in which MNBS stakeholders identified the key technical and business bottlenecks in the development of MNBS technologies (click HERE for more information about inSSIght).

 

 

 

MEDILIGHT Workshop on Translating Technologies into Products

On 17 November 2017, MEDILIGHT held in a partnership with the Czech Liaison Office for Research, Development and Innovation a workshop.  During the event, main achievements of this project in development and validation of MEDILIGHT – a medical device for personalized wound care were be presented. The main focus was given to the topic of translating technologies into competitive, validated & manufacturable products to impact the quality of life, comparing the perspectives of the European Commission and the end-user URGO Group. Plan for development and commercialization of MEDILIGHT including foreseen risks and bottlenecks was presented.

 

 

Interview with URGO RID Director General

An article about innovation at URGO, a French leading international healthcare group specialized in advanced wound care and self-care, with Jean-François Robert, Director General of Urgo Recherche Innovation et Developpement was published by the French Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle. In his interview, Dr. Robert stressed the importance of innovations, which are at hart of URGO development.  The MEDILIGHT project is mentioned as one of URGO’s current strategic research and development projects. Click HERE for the full article in French.

MEDILIGHT on ARTE TV

On 8 September 2017 , MEDILIGHT with its innovative concept for chronic wound healing was featured on the ARTE Health TV magazine, as a part of Laboratories URGO presentation.  You can find MEDILIGHT starting at minute 10:10. The spot is in French. Click HERE to see the broadcasting.

MEDILIGHT at ISFOE 2017

ISFOE is the biggest scientific & technology event in Flexible Organic & Printed Electronics (OEs). This year researchers, scientists, engineers, business managers, and policy makers from 59 countries participated to the event from 3 to 6 July in Thessaloniki, Greece. During a special workshop focused on Smart Textile and Wearables and presentation of potential applications and demonstrators, Dr. Dionysios Manessis, coordinator of  the MEDILIGHT project, delivered a presentation titled Developments towards a miniaturized smart system for light stimulation and monitoring of wound healing – EU Project MEDILIGHT (click HERE for the presentation).

MEDILIGHT Press Release on CORDIS

MEDILIGHT press release titled “MEDILIGHT Blue light for chronic wound healing”, which presents research results achieved so far in the biological part of the project, has been published by EU Publications Office on CORDIS, Community Research and Development Information Service (click HERE).

MEDILIGHT at EWMA 2017

On 3 – 5 May, 2017, the 27th conference of European Wound Management Association, EWMA 2017, took place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  The theme of the conference was: “CHANGE, OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES – WOUND MANAGEMENT IN CHANGING HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS”. URGO RID, a partner of MEDILIGHT, presented at the event an e-poster titled “Developments towards a miniaturized smart system for light stimulation and monitoring of wound healing – EU project MEDILIGHT” (click HERE for the e-poster). Information about MEDILIGHT and the project’s brochure were also provided at the stand of URGO Medical.

According to Julien Steinbrunn of URGO RID, ”MEDILIGHT attracted attention of the audience due to the innovative nature of this concept, based on the effects of blue light on both healing cells and bacteria, enabling a new personalized treatment  for advanced wound care”.

MEDILIGHT Press Release

The MEDILIGHT project, an aim of which is to develop a smart medical device for wound care, has released its second press release. It provides information about the project’s research results in its biological part. Click HERE and enjoy the reading!