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Innovation for wellness

Innovation for wellness


UNE participates in the MIRACLE Project, the aim of which is to commercialise the first mid-infrared (MIR) arthroscopy probe for in-depth evaluation of articular cartilage. this arthroscopy will enable early diagnosis of degenerative joint diseases such as osteoarthritis (OA).

The project, carried out with the collaboration of 13 European members from 6 countries, will help to reduce the cost for patients, contributing to a more accessible healthcare system and one which promotes the wellness of senior citizens.

The role of UNE consists of identifying standards that may be relevant for the project, as well as providing Technical Committees for reporting on the project. The project will also provide an opportunity for the development of new standards.

The proposed device is intended for use during a minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy) and will help the surgeon to take a decision, moving from a visual and manual probing of the cartilage tissue to a more objective and repeatable method. The purpose of the MIRACLE project is to analyse changes in the biochemical composition of the cartilage that precedes osteoarthritis.

The MIRACLE project receives funds from the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Development programme, under the Grant Agreement No. 780598. The project is an initiative from the Pohotnics Public Private Partnership.