Kick-off of two projects funded by the Ministry of Science
CIM UPC participates in two new research programs, 3PP and Sensocrete, both funded within the call "R & D & I projects in strategic lines, in public-private collaboration", which supports the industrial research to address various current issues.
Last week we launched two projects funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. These are the Sensocrete 3D and 3PP programs. Their Kick-Offs took place on October 14 and October 22, respectively, by which the beginning of the collaboration between the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, the University of Girona, BCN3D and Escofet 1886 with CIM UPC to carry out research was settled.
The call in which these funding is framed is that of "R & D projects in strategic lines, in public-private collaboration", launched by the Ministry of Science and Innovation through the State Agency of Research. Its aim is to support industrial research projects carried out in cooperation between private and public entities in the R&D sector in order to promote innovation and technological development in order to face various current challenges. These are outlined in the call in the form of “thematic priorities” in order to assess multidisciplinary projects.
“3D printed sensorized concrete building components oriented to active monitoring” (Sensocrete 3D - PLEC2021-007982 / AEI / 10.13039 / 501100011033), is a project included in the thematic priority “Intelligent building technologies”. Sensocret 3D investigates the concept of smart infrastructure, and is focused on designing and building a 3D printer capable of prefabricating components for building from materials based on sensorized cement, able to monitor both environmental variables (temperature, humidity…) and transformations within the material, thus allowing to act instantly in order to improve its safety.
The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and the CIM formed a consortium with Escofet 1886, a company focused on the design and manufacture of urban elements and architectural concrete, in order to carry out this project. The whole process will keep in mind the relationship between digitalization and the construction industry, a synchrony whose possibilities will be explored by the partners in order to achieve not only greater structural safety but also positive impact on building ecological efficiency.
The second research program, the so-called “Novel drug-testing pre-clinical platform based on 3D bioprinting culture plates” (3PP - PLEC2021-007523 / AEI / 10.13039 / 501100011033), has been funded in the category of thematic priority “New biomanufacturing strategies: from organ-on-a-chip, organoids or 3D bio-printing, to clinical application”. The aim of the research is to advance on personalised medicine to treat one of the most aggressive cancer, the triple negative type, by developing a technology platform using 3D printing that combines for the first time additive manufacturing by filament extrusion and electrospinning. It involves producing 3D-printed structures in a very efficient way, where triple-negative breast cancer cells (tumoroids) are cultured and grown, mimicking more effectively the actual conditions of the disease. Therefore, it will be possible to quickly test a wide span of drugs for their care, being the process of selection of the ideal drug much faster and thus avoiding a trial and error process that currently is conditioning patients’ survival rate.
This research will last three years, and CIM UPC and BCN3D, a renowned 3Dprinters maker (and Spin-Off of CIM UPC), will collaborate with the TargetsLab research group from the University of Girona, which is leading the project. TargetsLab is a team focused on the design and use of technological and molecular tools to address the recurrence and progression of breast cancer and the healing of unregulated lesions. The project is therefore a good example of the importance of the convergence between medicine and technology for the development of new and effective health treatments.
To sum up, both projects, aligned with what is proposed by the Ministry of Science and Innovation funding call, seek to experiment and implement the applications and solutions that technology and the digital society can bring to different current problems.