Biobone was an Initial Training Network funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme. Started in 2012, it was a partnership between several academic and industrial institutions across Europe, namely Spain, France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. The network achieved its goals by providing a unique platform for its 12 PhD students to build a range of technical and soft skills which have proved invaluable in the early stages of their careers. All of them have pursued new challenges in a range of subjects within materials science and biomaterials, both in academia and in the private sector.

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Continuous advances in the treatment of damaged and diseased bone will lead to a strong demand for new treatments, and for the qualified professionals able to develop and implement them. Due to their unique properties, the use of ceramics for bone substitution and engineering is expanding fast. Ceramics are currently making inroads in high volume applications such as dental or orthopedic implants. However, much work is still needed for ceramics to reach their full potential. This work will demands new scientist and engineers with multidisciplinary backgrounds incorporating fields as diverse as materials science and engineering, orthopedics, tissue engineering, biology, chemistry and biomedical engineering.

The ultimate objective of the BioBone network was to train young researchers to fill this demand in the strategic area of bioceramics for bone repair.

BioBone provided a multidisciplinary training that will combine advanced tools and knowledge with academic and industrial experience. The goal is to form professionals that will play a pivotal role in pushing forward this highly competitive, knowledge-intense field for the coming decades. These professionals will allow Europe to reach and maintain a leading role in an area of healthcare with large economical implications. In order to achieve this goal the BioBone is based on three main principles:

multidisciplinary approach integrating internationally recognized groups and companies working in different areas of research and development

comprehensive training itinerary that incorporates hands-on training through collaborative, multidisciplinary research projects with continuous education in workshop

coordinated effort between academic and industrial partners and meetings