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Project

The Baltic Fracture Competence Centre (BFCC) is a pan-Baltic fracture cooperation network fostering innovation within fracture management. The project consortium consists of a transnational cross-sector partnership involving six hospitals, three companies from the medical technology industry, a research institution, three clusters and one technology transfer organisation.

Due to an ageing society the need for innovative products and clinical procedures for fracture treatment is increasing as a response to age-related fractures and co-morbidities such as osteoporosis, infections and non-unions. Innovations in fracture management must reduce the cost of care or clearly improve the quality of care.

Lack of information
Clinicians and companies often lack insight information about the total costs and effectiveness of fracture management and causes of adverse health outcome in the hospitals. To overcome this information gap the BFCC will develop and implement a transnational fracture registry of six hospitals from Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, and Sweden providing evidence about fracture treatment in the clinical “real world” and reveal clinical needs and potentials for innovation.

Identifying the clinical needs
Clinicians will support the innovation process by identifying the clinical needs to ensure user-oriented product development. The collaboration between hospitals across countries will foster the innovation of clinical procedures through the exchange of best practice in fracture management influenced by different national, organisational and regulatory conditions.

Tests in pilots
To test the BFCC platform for its performance regarding industry-hospital cooperation, three demonstration pilots will be carried out within the research areas of I) Infections after fractures, II) bone density measurement after fractures and III) complication management after fracture treatment.

 

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Project facts
  • Partners: 13 organisations from 7 Baltic Sea countries
  • Duration: 36 months (2016 – 2019)
  • Total budget: about EUR 3.6 million
  • Fund: Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020
  • Flagship project of the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
  • Lead Partner: Life Science Nord Management GmbH
Our objectives
  • To strengthen the capacity of the six hospitals within fracture management in Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, and Sweden.
  • To collaborate amongst the six hospitals and with companies for the demand driven identification of innovation needs and potentials, co-development of products and clinical procedures as well as facilitation of transnational market understanding and access within the industrial sectors: trauma devices, imaging, pharmaceuticals and wound care.
  • To develop and implement a transnational fracture registry providing a unique multinational research and innovation infrastructure for evidence based clinical research and innovation between hospitals and companies in the field of fracture management.
  • To implement and test the BFCC innovation platform in three transnational hospital-industry collaboration pilots within the innovation topics infections, diagnostics of osteoporosis and post-surgery complications within fracture treatment.
Our outcomes
  • Transnational collaboration
  • 4 new regional fracture registries
  • Transnational fracture registry platform
  • Innovation Reports
  • Transnational R&I infrastructure
  • 3 transnational pilots (infections, diagnostics of osteoporosis and post-surgery complications within fracture treatment)
  • Education and training
Associated partners

The project will be supported by so called associated partners – a stakeholder network which represents further companies, hospitals, universities, medical associations, political institutions and health authorities.

  1. AMEDON GmbH, DE
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  2. Secretary of State for Science and Research Hamburg, DE
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  3. BSN medical AB, SE
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  4. BSN medical GmbH, DE

  5. University of Tartu, Department of Pathophysiology, EE
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  6. Blåhall AB, SE


  7. Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Senioren Organisation e.V., DE
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  8. Bluewater Medical GmbH, DE
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  9. Estonian Orthopaedic Society, EE
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  10. Fragility Fracture Network, Switzerland
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  11. LIH-Research AB, SE


  12. Lithuanian Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology
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  13. Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Science and Equality Schleswig Holstein, DE
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  14. National Health Insurance Fund under the Ministry of Health, LT
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  15. soventec GmbH, DE
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  16. Swemac Innovation AB, SE
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  17. Swemac Orthopaedics AB, SE
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  18. Swemac Vision AB, SE
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  19. TBD-Biodiscovery Ltd., EE
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  20. TMF – Technology, Methods, and Infrastructure for Networked Medical Research, DE
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  21. Secretary of State for Economy, Transport and Innovation Hamburg, DE
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  22. clinical registry GmbH, DE
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  23. Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport and Technology Schleswig Holstein, DE
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  24. MRI-TECH, PL
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  25. University Medicine Rostock, DE
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  26. Osteosynthesis & Trauma Care Foundation Sweden, SE
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Flagship project of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

The BFCC is part of the flagship project HealthRegion of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The project contributes to achieving the objectives of improving cooperation, exploiting the full potential in research and innovation as well as of maintaining and reinforcing attractiveness of the Baltic Sea Region. The project’s focus is on promoting transnational research and innovation between hospitals and industry within fracture management.