IPB University Collaborates with University of Nottingham England to Develop Affordable Bone Implant Biomaterial

IPB University Physics Department researcher, Dr. Yessie Widya Sari, said that not all society have adequate access to quality health services, especially in low and middle-income nations, including Indonesia. The health services referred to bone trauma, bone tuberculosis, bone cancer, and fractures. All of these services are included in one of Indonesia's National Health Priorities 2020-2024.

“The majority of bone implant materials needed for treatment are imported products with high prices. Research is needed related to the development of bone implant materials for biomedical applications that can be affordable”, she said.

According to Dr. Yessie and five other institutions held a workshop discussing about manufacture of bone repair biomaterials as affordable health care materials in Indonesia. The five institutions are Faculty of Engineering from University of Nottingham England, Department of Physics from Universitas Indonesia, Stem Cell and Cancer Institute from Kalbe Farma, Friendship Hospital and Indonesian Medical Physicist Association.

IPB University rector, Prof. Dr. Arif Satria said that the theme raised in this workshop was very relevant to providing affordable health services for Indonesian population.
“This project collaboration started with the British Council award, Newton Fund Institutional Links between University of Nottingham and IPB University with 'Development and Manufacture of FDA Approved Bone Repair Materials: Establishing Affordable Healthcare in Indonesia' as header. This collaboration centers on transfer knowledge for the manufacture of bone repair biomaterials. The goal is to provide affordable health services for Indonesians", he said.

Dr. Yessie as Project Coordinator of IPB University added that this partnership also aims to improve the Indonesian scientific and research community that can have an impact on society.

"If this affordable bone replacement biomaterial can be realized, in the future we will be able and skilled in making other medical device materials in Indonesia", she added.
The workshop was attended by Indonesian Ministry of Health, Ir. Sodikin Sadek, M.Kes, who explained about the regulatory pathway for medical devices in Indonesia and three orthopedic doctors (Dr. dr. Ferdiansyah, Sp.OT, D.r dr. Norman Zainal and dr. Sigit Daru Cahayadi, Sp.OT) who explained about the various types of commercial biomaterials that exist and the stages of commercialization of biomaterials.

Assoc Professor Dr. Ifty Ahmed from University of Nottingham also attended to transfer knowledge of biomaterial technology from England to Indonesia, dr. Sandy Qlintang (Biofarma Adiluhung) who explained about the ongoing development of cell therapy in Indonesia.Assoc Professor of the University of Nortingham, Dr. Bagus Muljadi, said that UK-ICIS project (a consortium that unites Universities of Nottingham, Warwick and Coventry, together with Institut Teknologi Bandung, IPB University, and Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia).

Dr. Susanti (early career researcher at University of Nottingham) explained the commercialization pathway and the associated impact of her research from PathGen. The aim of his research is to bring low-cost molecular diagnostics of cancer and other diseases into clinical implementation. (dh/Zul)



Published Date : 21-Jul-2021

Resource Person : Dr Yessie Widya Sari, Prof Dr Arif Satria,Ir Sodikin Sadek MKes , Dr Ifty Ahmed, Dr Bagus Muljadi, Dr Susanti

Keyword : Biomaterial, Bone Implant, Physics Department, IPB University