The BioImplant ITN programme will provide world-class training to a new generation of highly skilled researchers in the area of biomaterial and medical implant development. In total, 12 ESRs will be recruited by the participant organisations and each ESR will be jointly supervised by a two key members of the recruiting participant and one of the industrial participants.
The specific training objectives (TOs) of the programme have been identified as follows,
- Each ESR will develop core technical skills throughout all elements of the Supply Value Chain (see Figure 1.3), i.e. (i) Materials development, (ii) Manufacturing processes, (iii), Characterisation and (iv) Application Design, which will be acquired locally within host academic and industrial environments and secondment opportunities, based on the scientific objectives outlined within each ESR project.
- Provide advanced technical skills training to ESRs on advanced topics in all core elements of the Supply Value Chain through network-wide training events, delivered based on the complimentary expertise of consortium participants.
- Deliver key transferable skills to ESRs in areas such as communication and dissemination through a series of network-wide training events to enable ESRs to excel in both academic and non-academic environments.
- Provide network-wide training on interdisciplinary aspects of medical implant development, such as clinical engagement and commercialisation/entrepreneurship.
- Promote international mobility of ESRs through inter-sectoral placement and secondment opportunities between participating countries of the consortium
Network-wide training events will be organised at regular intervals over the course of the ESR projects to bring the community of ESRs together and foster networking and inter-personal collaborations. The ESR Network training programme has been designed in such a way that it “moves through” the Supply Value Chain, e.g. providing advanced technical skills to ESRs throughout the core elements by delivering schools and workshops.
Transferrable skills training in areas including management, communications and career perspectives will be delievered to maximise the impact of ESR’s research work as they progress, providing excellent preparation for the ESRs in their future careers in either academic research or in industry
Inter-disciplinary skills are delivered to the ESR community on topics relating to the initial and final phases of the development Supply Value Chain, including clinical engagement, regulatory issues and innovation, commercialisation and entrepreneurship skills. This is a unique feature of the BioImplant ITN, being the only doctoral programme aimed at educating graduates for careers across the breadth of the Supply Value Chain, focussed on training researchers to innovate, develop and translate implant technologies from a clinical need to a commercial product.
Enhancing Career Perspectives
Currently, the Medical Technology sector employs over 650,000 people across the EU and files more patent applications with the European Patent Office than any other technical field. It is expected that the continuing innovation and development within this emerging sector will lead to extensive job opportunities across the EU for all ESRs. The technical expertise, transferrable skills and international experience the BioImplant ITN will provide to the ESR community will make them highly attractive to potential employers across academic, industry, regulatory and clinical settings in the Medical Technology sector.