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CHRU Lille

The Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) de Lille is a health establishment founded in 1953.
Composed of 16 medical centres, it offers a complete care offer with more than 3,000 beds and 15,000 employees at the service of patients.

Jeanne de Flandre Hospital is an expert in the care of women, couples and children. Every year, more than 5,600 children are born in this maternity hospital.

Professor Cosson (involved in this project) is a pelvic surgeon in the gynecology department. His research focuses on pelvic static disorders.

In this project, the CHU is in charge of project coordination and preclinical tests

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Ecole Centrale Lille

As a member of the Group of Central Schools, Centrale Lille's mission is to train multidisciplinary engineers and doctors who are driving progress through international openness and innovation.

Its three engineering courses, the generalist course at the Ecole Centrale de Lille, the engineer manager entrepreneur course at ITEEM and the computer and industrial engineering course at IG2I, are now a reference in the academic world. A major player in higher education and research, Centrale Lille also offers eight master's degrees, including three international master's degrees, two doctoral schools, six research laboratories, five Associate International Laboratories (LIA) with Brazil, China, India, Japan and Russia, three teaching chairs and a research chair.

In this project, it is the LaMCUBE laboratory (Multiphysical, Multiscale Mechanics Laboratory, FRE 2016) and in particular its BioTiM (Biomechanics of Soft Tissues) challenge that is in charge of characterizing and modelling the behaviour of resorbable implants during its resorption process.

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Materia Nova

Materia Nova has the task of leading specialized studies mainly on behalf of large companies and of encouraging the transfer of technologies between the world of basic research and the industrial world.

Materia Nova also generates value at the heart of the local economic fabric by these actions.

In order to accomplish the challenges that are asked of it, Materia Nova relies on its own capacities: an internal team of globally recognized scientific experts. Materia Nova works in close relationship with university partners and research centres based both in Belgium and abroad. This open and collaborative approach offers Materia Nova an undeniable potential in terms of scientific and strategic resources. Testing the industrial feasibility of solutions developed for its business clients is, of course, indispensable.

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Centexbel is the scientific and technical centre of the Belgian textile industry founded in 1950 to ensure and strengthen the competitiveness of the textile industry. Our accredited and well-equipped laboratories offer a complete range of textile analyses while supporting Centexbel's and the industry's R&D activities. In addition, Centexbel offers services, including training, certification and patent research.

Technology platforms, pilot lines and technological consultancy are also made available to research and industry.

Centexbel has 170 highly qualified people working in various fields such as the characterization of materials, fibres and fabrics, textile processing (knitting, weaving, braiding), polymers and materials of biological origin, the functionalization of different textiles and other surfaces, process improvement, the study of antimicrobial effects and medical devices.

Our expertise extends from the raw material to the final application, which allows us to support the textile and related industry through R&D projects (at regional, federal and international level).

In this project, two Centexbel units are involved. One in Ghent, which is responsible for the extrusion of new yarns, the other in Grâce-Hollogne, which is responsible for the textile implementation of these new yarns (knitting), as well as certain biocompatibility tests.

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 The GEMTEX laboratory of ENSAIT (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles) has been contributing for about twenty years to the development of (multi)functional textile products, benefiting from the scientific and technological synergy between competences on polymers and their transformation (melt spinning and mass and surface functionalization), as well as numerous means of implementation of textile surfaces by weaving, knitting or nonwoven processes. The spinning of synthetic polymers is a particular field of plastics processing where the orientation of macromolecules is an essential condition for the optimization of the properties of the yarn. In addition, the control of rheology, due to the particular constraints related to the need to convey the molten material through extremely fine spinnerets, are essential parameters for the development of high-performance textile products. Through numerous collaborative programs (national, European), the GEMTEX laboratory of ENSAIT has acquired an internationally recognized competence in the field of melt spinning processing of complex thermoplastic polymer systems (polymer blends, nanocomposites). New (multi)functional yarns with various properties have been developed (antibacterial, electrical conduction, fire retardant, ...). The continuous multifilaments obtained can then be transformed into textile surfaces by weaving, knitting or non-woven processes. Alternative processes can also be developed for specific applications (3D weaving, interlock, special knitting).

For the PROBIOMESH project, the capabilities of ENSAIT in extrusion, spinning and knitting of monofilaments (polypropylene) and knitting of bicomponent multifilaments supplied by Centexbel will be particularly used. Post-treatment techniques, especially thermal, will be used to prepare the knitted meshes for in vitro and in vivo studies. Finally, ENSAIT will participate in degradation campaigns and physicochemical characterization of the knitted fabrics during degradation.