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ERC Proof of Concept Grant for Prof. Dr. Lee-Thedieck: Biomimetic Material for Bone Regeneration

ERC Proof of Concept Grant for Prof. Dr. Lee-Thedieck: Biomimetic Material for Bone Regeneration

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Prof. Dr. Cornelia Lee-Thedieck: her research group at the Institute of Cell Biology and Biophysics focuses on stem cell-material interactions

Bone repair via 3D printing

With the project PRIOBONE, Professor Cornelia Lee-Thedieck aims to transfer her innovative research from the laboratory to application: The focus is on a 3D-printable biomimetic bone regeneration material, which holds the potential to become a novel treatment for critical-size bone defects. “Our material has a composition that mimics natural bone. It is well tolerated by cells, promotes bone growth, possesses excellent mechanical properties and is 3D-printable. This gives it the potential to surpass conventional treatments and alternative solutions on the market,” says Lee-Thedieck.

Preceding this effort was an ERC Starting Grant, a research funding programme that targets top individual researchers and supports the development of the research group: Since 2018, Prof. Dr. Lee-Thedieck and her team have been conducting research under the bloodANDbone project, investigating bone marrow analogues for hematological and musculoskeletal disorders.

From pioneering research to ready-to-use therapy

The funding of exceptional basic research sets clear goals with the Proof of Concept (PoC) funding line: To test practicality and market potential and to further develop the idea for application maturity and commercialisation or prepare patent applications. This funding is open to researchers who have already received funding from the European Research Council (ERC).

The funding of 150,000 euros is intended to help bridge the gap between the results of frontier research and the early stages of commercialisation. The funding is part of the EU research and innovation programme “Horizon Europe”. PoC funding provides targeted support for knowledge transfer and scientific entrepreneurship. Innovations often arise from the interdisciplinary interaction of the life sciences with important key technologies, first and foremost digitalisation.