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BacAttack – Control Microbial Biofilms

Outbreaks of clinical infections affect millions of patients worldwide annually. The present effective treatment for infections is large doses of systemically applied drugs.There is a high risk of recurring infections and biofilm formation for patients dependent on long term in-dwelling catheters and the extended dependency on antibiotics resulting in clinical drug resistance.

We present a new tool for minimizing drug resistance by upgrading existing and future medical devices through a unique self-regenerating surface that prevents biofilm formation using a stealth attack mechanism. This will be achieved by an interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) that allows for long term release of a range of antimicrobial strategies. The IPNs contain hydrogels where the antimicrobial is stored until the release starts at the insertion of the device with an expected long-term effect. Local and site-specific treatment with long term effect instead of systemic treatment implies improved patient management and citizen well-fare.

Downloadable product card of the BacAttack project.
The card is produced and distributed by the Danish Technological Institute.


BacAttack is funded with support from the European Commission under grant agreement no: 278998. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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Coordinating partner

Naseem Theilgaard
Teknologisk Institut, Plastteknologi
Gregersensvej 7, DK-2630 Taastrup

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