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Dr Agata Lapa Receives Davidge Award

Lucideon is pleased to announce that Dr Agata Lapa was recently presented with the 2018 Davidge Award.  A former placement student from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Agata is soon to start a position with the company as a member of a new group of scientists developing advanced ceramics, glasses and related materials.

The Davidge Award is an annual prize for the best literature review by a PhD student on an innovative topic in ceramics. Dr Lapa won the award for a paper written for the journal 'Advances in Applied Ceramics: Structural, Functional and Bioceramics', the specialist ceramics journal of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and the publisher Taylor & Francis.

The review, "Phosphate glass fibres with therapeutic ions release capability", is available online as an open access publication.  The paper was written by Agata with co-authors Dr Mark Cresswell, senior scientist at Lucideon, Dr Phil Jackson, technical manager at Lucideon and Prof Aldo R. Boccaccini, Professor of Biomaterials and Head of the Institute of Biomaterials at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Agata carried out her doctoral studies into new bioactive phosphate glasses with antibacterial properties for medical application under the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (Horizon 2020) "HyMedPoly – Drug-Free Antibacterial Hybrid Biopolymers for Medical Applications".  Although widely used for almost 100 years for their optical properties, phosphate glasses have only recently been investigated for medical application especially in bone tissue engineering, wound healing and nerve regeneration. The project incorporated new elements to improve biological response, enhance proliferation and reinforce materials, with Agata working for 18 months in Professor Boccaccini's group in Erlangen and 18 months here at Lucideon.

Stuart MacLachlan, head of research and development at Lucideon, said:

"HyMedPoly proved an excellent collaboration producing a cohort of 15 capable researchers who have worked in new antibacterial therapies based on biomedical polymers and inorganic materials.  Their work is now coming to fruition with papers published in leading scientific journals and through open access.  I congratulate Agata and her co-authors on the success with the review paper, an example of the high standard of work from the project as a whole."

10 April, 2019

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