• Within the BFCC project three pilots will demonstrate how to cooperate between hospitals and industry. They address the topics infections, diagnostics of osteoporosis and post-surgery complications. As these pilots are crucial for the success of the whole project they are in the focus of the first Joint Project Meeting held in Copenhagen, Denmark. The partners concerned will collect, assess and document the needs of industry and hospitals and clinical doctors within the research areas.

  • The Life Sciences Baltics 2016 in Vilnius were an excellent occasion for our project partner Anna-Winona Struck to meet potential stakeholders for the Baltic Fracture Competence Centre. In several individual one-on-one meetings she met representatives of the biomaterial and implant industry as well as representatives of research institutions of the Baltic Sea Region. ‘This format of speed-dating is extremely efficient. During the conference I got to know many interested people, and I am sure that we will stay in contact’, commented Anna-Winona Struck. The BFCC presentation within the session “Ageing” was also a successful step towards the project aim to identify and attract relevant stakeholders. The conference calls oneself ‘the only international forum in the Baltics for world-class biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical devices experts from all around the world’.

  • Project partner Arndt Peter Schulz presented the BFCC project at the 5th FFN Global Congress 2016 in Rome, Italy. The free paper session was dedicated to “Changing policy”. The audience discussed the planned project activities and was very interested in the planned results.
    The FFN Global Congress consists of invited international experts, plenary discussions, update sessions and free papers. The congress provides a unique platform to learn about new technical developments, state-of-the-art procedures and interaction with leading orthopaedic surgeons, non-surgical MDs, nurses and nurse practitioners, scientists, and allied health professionals.

  • Anke Spoorendonk, the Minister for European Affairs of Schleswig-Holstein, met the BFCC partner Stryker Trauma GmbH and Life Science Nord Management GmbH to get inside information about the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme project. A focus of the discussion was the profound collaboration between industry and hospitals across borders and institutions. “A Baltic Sea Region-wide fracture registry will contribute to connect clinical needs and industrial potential” said Anke Spoorendonk. Furthermore she praised the positive influence of the transnational collaboration for the local region. Results of the BFCC will help companies like Stryker Trauma GmbH to develop novel solutions for a better fracture management.  

  • The kick-off meeting of the Baltic Fracture Competence Centre (BFCC) took place on the 21st and 22nd of April. The 14 partners of the project gathered in Hamburg, Germany, in order to work out the first steps of the project.