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GTS Awarded Grant to Progress Biomedical Phosphate-Fibres (SCAMP)

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Thursday 14 February 2013

Specialist biocompatible phosphate glass fibres can be used for a multitude of biomedical applications, including the treatment of serious bone trauma.Glass Technology Services Ltd (GTS) has been awarded a grant by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, to forward advances in technology and innovation. The grant is part of a new £20 million government investment through the Technology Strategy Board which seeks to stimulate innovation in five key enabling technologies, including advanced materials and photonics.

The development will include a working prototype production facility to pave the way for industrial manufacture of phosphate fibre tows. These specialist fibres can be used for a multitude of biomedical applications, including the treatment of serious bone trauma.

The production facility aims to produce phosphate fibres in a form that can be used to produce both fabrics and reinforced plastics allowing a range of clinical uses. The materials produced from these phosphate fibres stimulate cell growth and are eventually replaced by cells such as bone or skin due to their unique ability to dissolve in body fluid.

Dr Nick Kirk, Technical Director of Glass Technology Services Ltd, said: “Developing new technologies is crucial to advancing our understanding and capabilities in material science. This grant will enable us to develop a prototype production facility and new glass compositions and apply them in new and innovative ways.

“We are very proud to be leading this research and development project and it is encouraging to see the Technology Strategy Board acknowledging the importance of glass in modern technology. These government grants are an excellent way to help stimulate growth, research and development in UK manufacture and technology.”

Other partners in the project include The University of Nottingham, Controls Interface Ltd, Invensys-Eurotherm and P-D Interglas Technologies.

​Glass Technology Services Ltd (GTS) has been awarded a grant by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, to forward advances in technology and innovation

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Technology Strategy Board is the UK’s innovation agency and works to create economic growth by ensuring that the UK is a global leader in innovation.  Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy. For more information please visit: Technology Strategy Board website.




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