HyMedPoly  organised the Third Open Science Workshop:
Drug-free antibacterial hybrid polymers and clinical aspects”

The third HyMedPoly Open Science workshop “Drug-free antibacterial hybrid polymers and clinical aspects” was held Wednesday 3 May 2017 at IK4 – TEKNIKER, Eibar, Spain.

This half day event included presentations from leading academic, clinical and industrial researchers including:

  • Antimicrobial biopolymers
  • Antimicrobial modifications of synthetic polymers
  • Antimicrobial surfaces through physical and chemical functionalization
  • A clinician’s perspective of antimicrobial applications

Following introductions to Tekniker’s activities in the biomedical sector and the HyMedPoly project by the project co-ordinator, Lucideon (download presentation), five presentations from project group members highlighted aspects of drug-free antimicrobial materials and medical device development. Note – some of these presentations contain images of medical conditions and procedures.

  • Antimicrobial biopolymers obtained via Bacterial Synthesis
    Prof. Ipsita Roy (University of Westminster, UK)
    A review of antimicrobial polymers from bacterial origins using polyhydroxyalkanoates and bacterial cellulose as examples and describing their synthesis, structure, properties and potential applications.
  • Antimicrobial modifications of synthetic polymers
    Prof Valeria Chiono (Politecnico di Torino, It)
    A review of strategies to modify synthetic polymers to produce bactericidal effects through two strategies; polymers that mimic antimicrobial peptides and polymers that interfere with quorum sensing communication in biofilms.
  • Antimicrobial surfaces: Physical and Chemical Functionalization
    Dr Iban Quintana (IK4 – TEKNIKER, Es)
    A review of methods of producing antibacterial capacity through nano- and microstructuring of surfaces, highlighting the role of the substrate and bacterial properties that need to be considered in producing effective results.

A discussion of the issues that companies face in developing new antimicrobial materials concluded the meeting.




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