The consortium is ready to start

April 2024

The iMPaCT-implants consortium is composed of regional partners from the clinic, the university and the industrial sector.

Joep Kraeima, head of the UMCG 3DLab and one of the program initiators states: “With iMPaCT-implants, we aim to realize a new generation of patient specific solutions and implants. These implants have a more data-driven design and include individual biomechanical characteristics. This leads to improved outcome for both patient and surgeon. The aim is to provide personalised solutions from head-to-toe and in the entire north of the Netherlands. This project is an example of what the province of Groningen and the North of the Netherlands has to offer in terms of state-of-the-art innovative healthcare solutions. We believe that this model, as build by our consortium can, with our support, be extrapolated to other regions in the Netherlands or abroad leading to even more patients treated with the iMPaCT-implants method”.

An Innovative Future with iMPaCT-Implants
This grant signifies a monumental step towards a healthier and more innovative future, and the iMPaCT-implants consortium is determined to drive this vision forward.
Significant contribution is provided from the industrial sector by the regional companies of WiTEC Innovating Together, specialized in the manufacturing of medical devices, BAAT Medical with expertise on the process for  concept development to product certification, clinical evaluation and manufacturing, and Bether Encapsulates, which specialised in encapsulation technology for controlled release of active compounds. The company PolyVation, as non-beneficiary partner, also joins with their expertise in customized synthesis and manufacturing of biomedical and pharmaceutical polymers.

UMCG and RUG bring invaluable knowledge in the field of clinical treatments, digital imaging techniques and materials and design. UMCG, as the program coordinator, is involved with the clinical and research Departments of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and 3DLab with the groups led by Prof. Max Witjes and Ass. Prof. Joep Kraeima together with the teams of Dr. Frank IJpma from Trauma Surgery and Prof. Paul Jutte from Orthopaedics.
The Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Department is represented by Ass. Prof. Gyuri Halmos together with Dr. Jasper Wachters. From the Department of Pulmonary Diseases, Prof. Dirk-Jan Slebos is involved. From the field of biomaterial science, the group of Ass. Prof. Patrick van Rijn from Biomedical Engineering will work together with Dr. Martijn Verhagen, UMCG radiologist.
From the University of Groningen, the Engineering and Technology Institute (ENTEG) from the Faculty of Sciences and Engineering is represented by the group led by Asst. Prof. Anastasiia Krushynska.

About UMCG Innovation Centre
The UMCG Innovation Centre is the researchers’ starting point for healthcare innovation, offering expertise and a wide network of partners. The Innovation Centre guides projects and helps to create societal impact through various means which include implementation, education, startups, research, and innovation communities. The UMCG Innovation Centre will be involved in the program management and in knowledge transfer for the iMPaCT-implants program.

The Just Transition Fund
The Just Transition Fund provides essential support, advancing the green and sustainable development of the Drenthe, Groningen, and Fryslân Provinces, the Municipality of Emmen, and the Northern Labour Market regions. The fund is co-financed by the European Union and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and is made available by the regional funding agency Samenwerkingsverband Noord-Nederland (SNN), with support from the Province and Municipality of Groningen.