Project Shortlisted for European Award

Mozart project logoA collaborative research project involving a team of researchers from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield has been nominated for a European Award. The MOZART project, led by Politecnico di Torino in Italy, and featuring a number of other renowned research partners across 8 different countries, is an EU-funded research project with the aim of developing a library of inorganic nanomatrices to be used as smart platforms for effective, non-invasive and highly targeted therapies to treat delayed bone healing and non-healing chronic skin wounds, which are both characterised by an inflammation and often infection.

MOZART project groupThe medical devices being developed consist of a thermosensitive resorbable polyurethane and mesoporous nanomatrices (bioactive glass systems and ordered carbons) able to release therapeutic ions and drugs which are directed to achieve a radically improved therapeutic effect.

The project has been included in the 'long-list' for the Best Early-Stage Innovation category in the European Commission's Innovation Radar Prize. A short list will be decided upon by a public vote, which is open until 11 November 2018. To find out more about the prizes, and to vote, visit: ec.europa.eu/futurium/en/innovation-radar-prize/best-early-stage-innovation-2018

The Sheffield-based researchers working on the project are, Professor Sheila MacNeil, Dr Anthony Bullock, in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Dr Joey Shepherd, and Dr Tom Paterson in the School of Clinical Dentistry.