Following the call for joint project proposals launched by the Portugal-China Joint Innovation Centre for Advanced Materials, that took place between 3rd April and 3rd of May 2013, FCT received 23 proposals and MOST (Ministry of Science and Technology of China of the People´s Republic of China) received 13. 13 joint project proposals were evaluated by an international evaluation panel.
From this call, one research project was selected, submitted by the Portuguese researcher Cristina Martins, from Instituto Nacional de Engenharia Biomédica, and Chinese researcher Jian Ji from Zhejian University. The research area of the selected project is Biomedical Materials, with the title “Biofunctional coatings for cardiovascular interventional devices”.
This project focuses on the development of a new generation of coatings for devices used in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Considered one of the main causes of death and disability, cardiovascular diseases affect millions of people all over the world, with over 10 million new patients registered yearly in China. Controlling the inflammation caused by mechanical damage during treatments, promoting the healing of the blood vessels and reducing the incidence of catheter related fungal infections are some of the aims of this project.
The research team behind this project has been collaborating for over a decade, starting in 1997 with the project “Blood contact materials”, under the China-Portugal Sci & Tech agreement.
The research institutions associated with the project will be joined by the companies Zhejiang Zylox Medical Device (China), Matera (Portugal) and by IPATIMUP.