Research projects

IMAGINE (BMBF)- Markers and instruments for MPI

Nano4Imaging has been granted a new project in a German-Turkish collaboration between BMBF and TUBITAK (2+ 2 project). The project acronym is IMAGINE and will allow Nano4Imaging to extend its MagnaFy technology to Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI). The project is a collaboration with German partner UKSH (University Hospital in Lubeck) and two Turkish Partners, Aselsan and Bilkent University. The project will officially start April 1st 2017.

Open Mind (Horizon 2020)-  customized production of medical devices

On september 1st 2015 Nano4Imaging has started an new Horizon project entitled OpenMind, lead by Fraunhofer IPT (Aachen), involving a total of 9 partners, including 6 SMEs to further develop and extend the production system for medical devices. The official program kick-off was on April 27th 2016 in Brussels, with the project officer and monitor.  The project enables Nano4Imaging as enduser in the consortium, to further optimize the current production process for current and new MRI compatible instruments. Partners are Fraunhofer IPT (coordinator), Diribet, Blue Acre Technology, Tamponcolor, Gimac, ICS and Fond Politechnica Milano. The OPENMIND_brandbook  can be downloaded here. The latest two newsletters can de downloaded  from NewsletterN2 and Newsletter-N3.

Marie-Curie training network (iTERM)– contrast agents for MRI

The overarching scientific objective of iTERM is the development of new materials and implants for the bio-engineering of soft tissue (skin, urogenital) and hard (bone) tissue as well as state-of-the-art novel multimodality visualisation procedures to monitor the implants. In collaboration with the research group on Experimental and Molecular Imaging (prof. Fabian Kiessling) at the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH), our PhD student Nihan Guvener is developing highly innovative contrast agents, based on endogenous molecules in the body. The project is coordinated by Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen (Netherlands). Project duration: 2014-2016. As a final dissemination activity, Nano4Imaging organized in October 2016  a Workshop for PhD students in Maastricht (NL) on the topic of Toxicology of Contrast agents.

NanoMile: sustainability and safety

Tis FP7 project focussed primarily on development of methods to improve toxicological testing of new nanomaterials. As one of the seven industrial partners in this program, Nano4Imaging is interested in hazard testing of its SPIONS, and in addition is closely involved in communication of findings on nanomaterials , and its meaning to regulation of medical devices. More information of partners and deliverables of the program at: Other industrial partners include: BASF, Promethean particles, Vitrocell, Novamechanics, Eurofins. Nano4Imaging wants to communicate findings of this program to the medical device community, since more and more legislation regarding nanomaterials in medical applications is being developed. The project ended on February 28th 2017, and had its final meeting in Malaga (Spain)Home jointly organized by five major FP7 projects NANOSOLUTIONS, GUIDEnano, SUN, NanoMILE and eNanoMapper.


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