„Let the Stars Shine“: Eurice Project OSTEOGROW Presented at the European Parliament
On June 19, 2018, FP7 project OSTEOGROW was selected one of the most significant EU-financed projects in Croatia. The project was coordinated by the University of Zagreb School of Medicine.
"Let the Stars Shine" is a joint initiative by nine representatives in the European Parliament with the goal to support European solidarity and promote visibility of superior and creative projects which have had a positive impact on the life of citizens of the European Union.
As part of the initiative, five most significant projects financed by the European Union have been chosen from each of the nine participating countries (Croatia, Bulgaria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Slovenia). OSTEOGROW was among the five projects selected out of seventy applications.
FP7 HEALTH project „OSTEOGROW - Novel Bone Morphogenetic Protein 6 Biocompatible Carrier Device for Bone Regeneration" is the first scientific competitive project that was granted for coordination by the European Commission for Science to a Croatian institution. In OSTEOGROW, the University of Zagreb School of Medicine, collaborated with eleven European partner institutions. The project officially started in January 2012 and successfully ended in December 2017. The goal of the project was to develop a safe, effective and affordable therapeutic solution that would promote bone healing and prevent bone non-unions. OSTEOGROW research continues in the new HORIZON 2020 project "OSTEOproSPINE - Novel Bone Regeneration Drug "Osteogrow": Therapeutic Solution for Lumbar Back Pain" as a part of the clinical trial in a new indication involving patients with chronic back pain. OSTEOproSPINE, which was also presented at the exhibition in Brussels, has started on January 1, 2018. So far, 11 patients have been included in the clinical trial.
Eurice is involved in both projects as management and dissemination partner.
The organisers of the initiative have issued a special European Parliament publication on the presented EU projects as well as a video clip for each project. Please watch the OSTEOGROW / OSTEOproSPINE clip here.