The Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) at NUI Galway is strengthening Ireland-India research relations with the news that the biomaterials research group is to collaborate with four Indian institutions that are known for their work in supporting the medical device and biotechnology sectors in India.
Set up with funding from Science Foundation Ireland, NFB carries out research on biomaterials to develop technologies with clinical applications in the fields of orthopaedics, soft-tissue healing and neural and cardiovascular regeneration.
NFB has signed memorandums of collaboration with the Materials Research Centre at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur; the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi; and the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Science and Technology in Trivandrum.
The research link-up between NFB and the four Indian institutes will aim to increase co-operation and communication within the international community of public health research.
According to Prof Abhay Pandit, the director of NFB, the agreement with the four institutes in India will allow for the setting up of student and faculty exchanges along with research collaborations and the co-development of biomaterials and tissue engineering-related projects.
“A strong emphasis will be placed on translational activities and the commercial exploitation of the developing technologies," said Pandit.