DERMA hosted a public event on the 28th September 2017 in the beautiful city of Ghent, Belgium. Interested stakeholders, principally from industry, engaged with DERMA personnel to learn more about the project and its plans for the future. Ultimately, we hope our technologies can be translated into products for patient benefit and it’s important that we engage with those that can help to make this happen.
On the same day, (in an adjacent hall !) the project leader gave a presentation at the Advanced Materials for Biomedical Applications (AMBA) Conference to the 130 attendees representing academia, industry and healthcare. This conference was hosted by the Polymer Chemistry and Biomaterials Group of the University of Ghent – a key partner of DERMA. The project was introduced and the early results and expected outcomes described. A questionnaire was circulated to the attendees to allow the DERMA consortium to learn more from an expert audience about the current needs for chronic wound dressings.
Presenting at the AMBA conference also gave an opportunity to highlight the benefits of the Interreg 2 Seas programme to organisations wishing to access funds to enable collaborations with colleagues from this part of Europe, and to realise projects for the benefit of the region.
The coming year promises to be an exciting one. More laboratory work is on the horizon to further develop our technologies, however already we are having discussions with clinicians towards evaluating some of our prototype materials.
Further events are being planned for the south of England and the Netherlands in the late summer where we hope to engage further with interested stakeholders and bring more updates on our progress. Next dates are in the agenda below, save the dates!
Dr Iain Allan, Project Leader DERMA, February 2018.