Centre for Bioengineering
Bone Graft Substitutes
- We developed a raft of bioactive synthetic bone graft substitute materials
- Clinically proven capacity to support the regeneration of new bone.
- 2 successful spin-out companies
- ApaTech (acquired in 2010 by Baxter International)
- Progentix Orthobiology (acquired by NuVasive Inc. in 2009).
- These novel materials represent a significant fraction of the global market due to their ability to facilitate faster recovery while negating the need for the patients to undergo a second operative procedure to extract donor bone graft, risking the associated additional complications of infection and post-operative pain.
- The bioactive bone graft substitute materials have been used to treat 100’s of thousands of patients in over 30 countries.
Dr Karin Hing has been heavily involved in the R&D of ApaTech, awarded the prestigious Kroll Medal and Prize from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal.
How Our Research created a Landmark Range of Synthetic Bone-Graft Materials - Dr Karin Hing
Hailed as one of the most important feats of British engineering in the last 50 years, researchers have developed a range of cost-effective synthetic bone graft materials – called Inductigraft™ in the UK and AltaPore™ in the US. These innovative products are more effective than the current standard treatment – and patients don’t have to undergo risky additional surgery to harvest donor tissue.
Dr Karin Hing shares her perspective on the evolution of the biomedical materials field through her involvement in research to ‘Engineer bone better’ as part of the founding scientist team of ApaTech, a Queen Mary University of London spin-out company, and more recently leading research into modelling and understanding host-materials interactions within the laboratory, to innovate the Biomaterials and Tissue Regeneration strategies of the future within the School of Engineering and Materials at Queen Mary University of London.
Finding a Substitute that's as Hard as Bone
Learn about cutting-edge research from QMUL's School of Engineering and Materials Science. Dr Karin Hing describes how her research is addressing a clinical need for a good, reliable bone graft substitute. Dr Hing's work underpins the science behind ApaTech Ltd. a QMUL spinout company that was acquired by Baxter in 2010 for $330m in recognition of its position as a global leader in the provision of their Actifuse based bone graft substitute technologies.
Mechanism of Action of INDUCTIGRAFT Osteoinductive Bone Graft Substitute developed through Dr Karin Hing’s collaboration with Baxter International.
Revolutionizing Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing with Computed Axial Lithography
- The Washington Post ‘A new 3-D printing technique creates solid objects using rays of light’ 5 Feb 2019
- The Guardian ‘When light meets liquid: the 3D printer replicating art’ 31 Jan 2019
- MIT Tech Review ‘Watch this super-speedy 3D printer make objects suddenly appear’ 31 Jan 2019
- Nature ‘Forget everything you know about 3D printing — the ‘replicator’ is here’ 31 Jan 2019
- CNET ‘Scientists build a 3D printer that turns goo into solid objects’ 31 Jan 2019
- Engadget ‘Replicator' 3D printer uses light to create structures in one piece’ 1 Feb 2019
- TechCrunch ‘This light-powered 3D printer materializes objects all at once’ 31 Jan 2019
- Science ‘Star Trek–like replicator creates entire objects in minutes’ 31 Jan 2019
- Business Wire “Thrilled that 3D Systems shares Volumetric’s vision for the future of human medicine.”
- 3DPrint.com “Volumetric Aims to Be the Tissue Bioprinting Farm of the Future.” 06 Aug 2020
- CBS “Cal scientists create 3d printer with potential to print life itself.” 31 Mar 2019
- RT television America “3D printer could print life” 2 Apr 2019
- CGTN TV ‘Researchers have found a way to speed up 3D printing’ 21 Feb 2019
- We developed novel re-mineralising toothpastes to treat dentine hypersensitivity and protect teeth from tooth decay.
- Led by Prof Robert Hill, materials scientists and bioengineers optimised and patented a series of glass formulations that can be incorporated as micron-scale particles into toothpastes
- Dissolve in saliva to release calcium, phosphate and fluorine ions in the correct proportions for up to 12 hours to form hydroxycarbonate-apatite or more acid resistant fluorapatite.
- Repair eroded enamel and block any open dentine tubules that may be responsible for sensitivity to exposure hot and cold drinks and food.
- This work led to a successful spin-out of Biomin Technologies Ltd.
- BioMin™ fluorine free and fluorine containing toothpastes have been on sale in the UK, Germany, Australia, China and India.
Building 3D Models of Ovarian Cancer - Profs Fran Balkwill and Martin Knight
Watch to find out how researchers from Queen Mary University of London are transforming the field of cancer cell research by using bioengineering techniques to grow the first complex 3D human tumor microenvironment in the laboratory. The CANBUILD project is part of the Instiute of Bioengineering and has received €2.43million grant from the European Research Council. It uses the latest advances in tissue engineering, biomechanics, imaging and stem cell biology. The team involves Prof Frances Balkwill, Dr Thorsten Hagemann, Dr Michelle Lockley Prof Sussan Nourshargh Dr John Connelly, and Prof Ian MacKenzie from Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Prof Martin Knight from the School of Engineering and Materials Science.
Biomedical Engineering and Development of Medical Implants
This video covers various medical implant devices taught, researched, and developed within Queen Mary. This contains graphic scenes of surgical techniques.