Department of Engineering Sciences

Hjärnäpplet awarded to Håkan Engqvist

Uppsala University's award for successful knowledge transfer, Hjärnäpplet, was awarded this year to Håkan Engqvist, Professor of Applied Materials Science.

Professor Håkan Engqvist as a Keynote speaker on "Bioceramics for Remineralisation and Restoration of Teeth" at 2017 Science in Dental Practice Day at Temple University, Philadelphia.

The statement reads:

"Novel ceramic materials have been made available to new applications thanks to solid research, strong collaborations and newly started companies. Startups include Emplicure, Psilox and, not least, Ossdsign, whose products have already been shown to increase the quality of life dramatically for treated patients."

Håkan Engqvist is a Professor of Applied Materials Science at the Department of Engineering Sciences at Uppsala University. During his career, he has worked in both industrial and academic environments, always with great interest in innovation. His work on ceramics and their application in Life Science has led to several external collaborations between academic groups, clinics and the start of new companies. OssDsign is particularly noted due to its craniofacial reconstruction technology being approved by the US Medicines Agency (FDA) in 2017.

Håkan Engqvist has also developed additional companies around ceramic materials while conducting active research and leading a research group.

- Håkan Engqvist's commitment to education and new multidisciplinary initiatives at the university should also be mentioned. The committee therefore finds that Professor Engqvist shows, in an excellent way, how innovation can be developed within or linked to Uppsala University and that he is a good example of how such work can be done, says chairman of the pricing committee, Anders Malmberg.

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About Hjärnäpplet

New biomaterials can enable patient-specific treatments

Cecilia Persson introduced our group at the opening ceremony of Medtech Science & Innovation Centre in Uppsala on June 14th, 2017.

Click here to look at her presentation (in Swedish) and learn more about MiM's contribution to developing new functional material for treating bone fractures.

Cecilia Persson is an Associate Professor in the MiM Group since 2015. She holds a PhD in Biomechanics from The University of Leeds (2009), and a European MSc in Materials Engineering (2004). Her research is within new biomaterials for bone implants.

What is a biomaterial?

A biomaterial is a material that is used to fabricate an implant or medical device intended to interact with biological systems. Biomaterials are used in many applications such as: joint replacements (hip, knee), plates and screws for fracture fixation, bone cements for vertebroplasty, bone void fillers for bony defect repair, artificial tendons and ligaments, dental implants for tooth fixation, blood vessel prostheses, heart valves, catheters, artificial hearts, skin repair templates, heart-lung machines, cochlear replacements, intraocular lenses, etc. The global biomaterials market is expected to reach 117 billion € by 2020.

Click here to find out more about our research.