Biointeractions: New intelligent materials make healthcare safer

Bactiguard and BioInteractions have received a European research grant aimed at developing a new generation of vascular access catheters, with new bio-smart materials for medical devices. The technology will be developed in a joint project with BioInteractions, UK and Bactiguard, Sweden and financed by VINNOVA and Innovate UK.

Some of the most serious complications found in vascular access are infections and thrombosis. For the first time, a combination product is to be developed with a long-acting coating featuring a thromboresistant capacity together with an anti-infective biocompatible noble metal surface.

– We want to provide a tissue-friendly, non-toxic and non-leaching solution and we will provide a cost efficient add-on solution to catheters that address the need for efficient infection control and tailor-made intelligent materials without increasing the burden of multi-resistance to antibiotics, says Dr Ajay Luthra, CEO BioInteractions Ltd.

Bactiguard has an anti-infective solution that prevents infections caused by medical devices. BioInteractions has technologies for blood compatible surface treatments. Together they now join forces in a project to develop a tissue-friendly and non-toxic product, which prevents both infections and thrombosis. By combining the two technologies we will achieve infection prevention and a blood compatible surface, minimizing the serious complications associated with vascular access catheters such as central venous catheters (CVC). This will release resources in healthcare, reduce patient discomfort and provide safer healthcare.

– In this project, we use “state-of-the-art” techniques in order to develop intelligent materials that can save many patients from both life-threatening infections and thrombosis, says Dr Dorota Johansson, Head of R&D and Clinical Trials at Bactiguard.

The combined technology may also be applied to other medical devices where infection control and blood compatibility is critical. The research grant within the European Programme Eurostars covers more than half a million GBP over two and a half years.

About Bactiguard

Bactiguard is a Swedish medtech company with a global presence, offering a solution that prevents healthcare associated infections caused by medical devices. By preventing infections, we contribute to a reduced use of antibiotics and the spread of multi-resistant bacteria, which is a growing problem worldwide. We save lives, increase patient safety and significantly reduce the cost for the healthcare and society. Our technology is well-proven, safe and tissue friendly and consist of a thin layer of noble metals that prevents bacterial growth. The coating can be applied on almost all medical devices. Bactiguard-coated urinary catheters are market leading in the US and Japan and the company has also its own product portfolio consisting of Foley catheters, central venous catheters and endotracheal tubes. Bactiguard is a growth company, focused on markets in Europe, Middle East, Asia and Latin America. The company has about 70 employees worldwide, mainly at the headquarters in Stockholm and the production facility in Malaysia and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. Read more about Bactiguard at www.bactiguard.com

About BioInteractions Ltd.

Advancing Healthcare Through Innovation, at BioInteractions we take pride in developing innovative biocompatible solutions for disposable and implantable devices used in medical procedures and treatments worldwide. Our advanced biomaterials deliver the best biocompatible coatings, which are fast becoming healthcare industry standards. A UK-based company founded in 1991, we have won multiple awards and built a reputation in the medical device world as a company that goes that bit further to fulfil our customers’ needs. BioInteractions excellent facilities include a custom designed production laboratory, enabling effective routine tasking as well as highly sophisticated operation by our team of skilled technicians and scientists. Key to our success is a vibrant and innovative R&D department, focused on delivering the next generation of cutting edge biomaterials through both in-house projects and collaborative partnerships.

“Ultimately, our goal is to improve patient well-being and recovery times through leading edge biomaterial technology”