THE TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY BOARD is a business-led government body which works to create economic growth by ensuring that the UK is a global leader in innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy. For more information please visit:

THE ENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC) is the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, investing more than £850 million a year in a broad range of subjects - from mathematics to materials science, and from information technology to structural engineering. More information at

As a leader in orthopaedic innovation, Corin has pioneered a number of landmark developments since its foundation and is associated with some of the most important advances in orthopaedic implant technology over the last 20 years. From its headquarters in the UK, Corin has direct operations in five more of the world's major orthopaedic markets and distribution arrangements in over 30 other countries. Its teams share a common commitment to Responsible Innovation, helping to improve the quality of life of thousands of patients around the world through the development and delivery of these groundbreaking products. Corin's research and development activities involve collaborative projects with companies, universities and research institutes worldwide. Dr Leona Morton, Research Manager at Corin, is responsible for all research activities within Corin. Dr. Morton has considerable experience with the project management of collaborative, industrial and academic programmes.
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TECVAC LTD is a leader in the Advanced Surface Engineering (ASE) Industry, supplying ultra-hard, wear resistant coatings and other ASE treatments, and exports equipment and services to over 20 countries worldwide. Part of the Wallwork Heat Treatment Group, Tecvac designs and builds coating equipment and provides advanced hard coating services including novel nano-composite coatings combining exceptional wear and corrosion resistance and inherent antimicrobial properties. Dr Jonathan Housden, Head of R&D at Tecvac Ltd, has many years experience of successfully managing and leading UK and EC funded collaborative projects including Brite Euram, CRAFT, Innovation, Info2000, LINK, RAIS award, EUREKA and GROWTH. The EUREKA "DUBIOP" project conceived by Dr Housden was selected as a "Best Practice Project" by the EC "USEandDIFFUSE" review.
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IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON & CHARING CROSS HOSPITAL, LONDON.  The team has extensive surgical experience in hip and knee replacement surgery, including hip revision surgery, musculo-skeletal inflammation research and related research topics, and includes Alister Hart, senior lecturer and NHS consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Ewa Paleolog, reader in cytokine biology, and Dr Hugo Donaldson, microbiologist, as an adviser to the project.
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QUEEN MARY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON Professor Julia  Shelton, PhD, School of Engineering and Materials Science and her team, developed novel approach for accelerated wear processes, focusing on metal-on-metal bearing surfaces, supporting areas of research focusing on the development and evaluation of surface coatings, controlling and characterising ion release from the bearing surfaces, understanding the role of proteins on the joint and particle surfaces as well as evaluating  the influence of the geometrical parameters of the bearing designs.
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Queen Mary, University of London is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions with some 16,900 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Amongst the largest of the colleges of the University of London, Queen Mary is a member of the Russell Group, which represents the 24 leading universities in the UK. Queen Mary's 3,800 staff deliver world class degree programmes and research across 21 academic departments and institutes, within three sectors: Science and Engineering; Humanities, Social Sciences and Laws; and the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Queen Mary is ranked 11th in the UK according to the Guardian analysis of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, and has been described as 'the biggest star among the research-intensive institutions' by the Times Higher Education.

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD (USFD) has strengths in Materials Engineering and Coatings Tribology and Professor Allan Matthews and Dr Adrian Leyland supported the scientific PVD coating development objectives of the project. Professor Matthews, Head of Department, Professor of Surface Engineering and Director of the Research Centre in Surface Engineering, in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) at USFD, who pioneered work on the development of reactive ion plating and other enhanced-plasma PVD processes, worked with Dr Leyland, Senior Lecturer in Surface Technology in the Department of MSE at USFD, who has developed new approaches to PVD-based duplex and hybrid surface modification techniques.
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