Contract Number: to be announced later in 2006
Type of Project: FP6-IP-SME-Priority 3 ‘NMP’-Stage 2
Duration: 48 months (2006-2010)


1.Materialia S.r.L (Italy), 2.Eureco (Finland), 3.Medacta International SA (Switzerland), 4.Ingeo SNC (Italy), 5.FALEX Tribology NV (Belgium), 6.NanoBioMatters S.L. (Spain), 7.Rescoll Technological Center (France), 8.Linvatec Biomaterials (Finland), 9.Swiss Centre for Electronics and Microtechnology (Switzerland), 10. Centre of Advanced Surface Engineering (Spain), 11.University College of Borås (Sweden), 12.University of Turku (Finland), 13.University of Cambridge (UK), 14.University of Trieste (Italy), 15.Integra (Italy), 16.Pyrogenesis S.A. (Greece)


The aim of the NEWBONE project is to develop fibre reinforced composite (FRC) material load-bearing implant. The objective is to produce at prototype level tibial and femoral osteotomy wedges. Studies will be conducted on the use of the developed materials and technologies for complete implants (hip stem, knee) and spine applications.

The NEWBONE project consists of five sub-projects (SPs), which are broken down to eleven Work Packages (WPs):

SP1: Implant material development

WP1: Development of implant material components

WP2: Biomechanical modelling

SP2: Surface development

WP3: Surface material development

WP4: Surface structuring and functionalisation

SP3: Characterisation and testing

WP5: Chemical, physical, biomechanical

and biological characterisation

WP6: Animal testing

SP4: Processing, manufacturing issues

WP7: Implant development

WP8: Prototype manufacturing

SP5: Commercialisation, training, standardisation and management

WP9 : Exploitation, standardisation and regulatory documentation

WP10: Training

WP11: Dissemination of results and project management

Pyrogenesis is the leader in SP2 and WP3 and has also an active participation in WPs 4,7,9,10. The main role of Pyrogenesis is to develop and optimize Calcium Phosphate-based nanopowder using the sol-gel technology, and to produce Calcium Phosphate-based coatings using various thermal spray techniques and sol-gel technology.

FRC load-bearing bone implant that is developed in the NEWBONE project