Consulting, advisory and R&D service on biomaterials and medical devices

European HealthTech Innovation Center, Silesian University of Technology


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Service description
An ongoing service focused on the development, modification, and testing of materials and substances with a high degree of biocompatibility. The service includes the evaluation of the mechanical properties of surface coatings applied to medical devices or implants used in orthopaedics, traumatology, spondylolisthesis, minimally invasive surgery, or dentistry. The service will enable EIC beneficiaries to carry out tests on the physicochemical properties of surface coatings and to modify the surface and structure. Specialist equipment will be used to produce 3D surface roughness maps. The service also includes the deposition of coatings by physical methods using an ultrasonic coating system, a physical vapour deposition system, or an atomic layer deposition technique, and the structural characterisation of metallic, polymeric, ceramic, and composite biomaterials. The service helps to establish optimum technological conditions for the production of layers and coatings, assess the corrosion resistance of metallic biomaterials with a modified surface in conditions simulating the human body environment, assess the quality of surface layers with controlled resorption on inert bioceramic substrates, and coatings on structural materials used in medical devices. Experienced staff carries out the electrochemical characterisation of a wide range of engineering materials for a variety of applications. The service can be provided on-site. Consultancy services are provided online. The service is aimed at all types of organisations that need to modify, test, optimise or develop the structure or surface of biomedical implants, devices, surgical tools, or any biomaterial. The duration of the service will be tailored to the needs of each EIC beneficiary.
Health and medical care
Technology Readiness Level
TRL 1 – Basic principles observed
TRL 2 – Technology concept formulated
TRL 3 – Experimental proof of concept
TRL 4 – Technology validated in lab
TRL 5 – Technology validated in relevant environment
TRL 6 – Technology demonstrated in relevant environment
TRL 7 – System prototype demonstration in operational environment
TRL 8 – System complete and qualified
TRL 9 – Actual system proven in operational environment
Disclaimer related to service

Selection criteria (in case of higher demand of services): A. Alignment with past/on-going projects B. Technological innovation; C. Request from widening countries.

Financial requirements

With costs of €100 in hourly or €400 daily rate. All prices per hour include general costs of electricity, water, basic tools and laboratory equipment, amortization, assistance, and support of experts. The cost of materials, chemical regents, and specific tools are excluded. All prices are indicative, the final price will depend on the complexity of the beneficiary’s needs.