Baltic Fracture Competence Centre
BFCC
 
PROGRAMME 2014-2020
priority
1 Innovation
objective
1.1 Research & innovation infrastructures

BFCC

The project BFCC engaged four hospitals supported by business development organisations and universities in creating a joint registry to store and process data about bone fractures in four countries. Medical companies used this data for improving their products to offer better treatment possibilities for patients, thus preparing our ageing society for the numbers of bone fractures and linked health disorders to increase.
The challenge

More fractures and stronger need for medical innovation in ageing societies

The number of bone fractures and linked health disorders are expected to increase in the future due to an ageing society. The annual number of fractures in the EU is estimated to rise from 3.5 million in 2010 to 4.5 million in 2025. Due to more age-related fractures and co-morbidities such as osteoporosis or post-surgery complications like infections, the need for innovative products and clinical treatment procedures is increasing. These innovations are meant to reduce the total cost of care or improve its quality.

Companies lack knowledge to offer better medical products

Companies that offer implants, imaging, pharmaceuticals, wound care or single-use surgery devices are facing various difficulties, e.g. in understanding the clinical needs, in following up on the effectiveness of treatment, in reducing costs and in offering innovation on the market. As around 50 % of new products are initiated by clinicians, the companies need direct access to hospitals. This allows them to collaborate within needs assessment, pre-clinical research, product development, clinical trials, post-market follow up studies and health technology assessment.

Budgets

BFCC
in numbers
  • 3.60
    Million
    Total
  • 2.77
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.00
    Million
    Eni + Russia
  • 0.00
    Million
    Norway

Achievements

A digital registry to collect missing data and establish new links

In order to accommodate all these health and business needs, the BFCC project encouraged four hospitals in Germany, Estonia, Lithuania and Poland to join forces in the Transnational Fracture Registry Platform. The platform helped to acquire, store and process fracture data. The platform allowed to compare the clinical process and quality of outcomes across organisations and countries. At the end of the project the Fracture Registry contained several hundred complete data sets. As the work continues this number is growing every day and delivering new evidence.

Fracture Registry in action

Through practical usage of data gathered on the Transnational Fracture Registry Platform the project has improved the understanding of innovation processes in the medical technology industry. This way 48 companies gained opportunities to enter into a dialogue with the involved clinics and carry out research in fracture management. These businesses got a chance to align their innovation efforts with clinical requirements as well as gained access to the most recent findings in the fracture research.

The collaboration standards were tested, evaluated and optimized in the fields of infections, diagnostics and post-surgery complications. These tests featured different aspects such as a new classification system for fracture complications, a clinical study about a new commercially available bone substitute that elutes antibiotics, and a new method for hip fractures applied in a hospital setting. The companies involved gained insight into innovation cycles between industry and clinics in different Baltic Sea region countries and expanded their networks for future clinical industry cooperation.

Better treatment in the future

With EUR 3 million support from the European Union, the Interreg project BFCC has created a novel tool that gave a new dimension to cooperation of hospitals and medical technology industry. This in turn is likely to change treatment outcomes for thousands of patients who will experience fracture in the future.

Outputs

Transnational Fracture Registry Platform

This online platform registers anonymous data from different hospitals about bone fractures and complications related to their treatment and makes them accessible to companies that develop medical products. Four hospitals in Germany, Estonia, Lithuania and Poland joined forces to create this unique tool. The data included in the first version (2019) covered at least 90% of the treated cases. The methodology to collect data from individual cases was developed by the hospitals together with business support organisations and research institutes from seven countries. The Transnational Fracture Registry generates statistical reports that allow the users to compare data across organisations and countries. It is currently accessible only for already connected hospitals. New hospitals wishing to join the platform are welcome to sign up and gain access to all resources.

Project Stories

Partners

Life Science Nord Management GmbH

  • Town
    Hamburg
  • Region
    Hamburg
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
675,301.94
53.55034110.000654

Stryker Trauma GmbH

  • Town
    Schönkirchen
  • Region
    Plön
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
171,619.32
54.337172810.2231105

University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein

  • Town
    Lübeck
  • Region
    Lübeck, Kreisfreie Stadt
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
692,556.82
53.86644410.684738

University Medicine Greifswald

  • Town
    Greifswald
  • Region
    Vorpommern-Greifswald
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
715,936.85
54.09579113.3815238

Sahlgrenska University Hospital

  • Town
    Mölndal
  • Region
    Västra Götalands län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
338,004.54
57.656491812.0153085

ScanBalt fmba

  • Town
    Frederiksberg
  • Region
    Byen København
  • Country
    Denmark
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
153,867.33
55.67801612.5326186

Lithuanian University of Health Sciences

  • Town
    Kaunas
  • Region
    Kauno apskritis
  • Country
    Lithuania
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
306,122.69
54.898213923.9044817

LifeScience Krakow Klaster

  • Town
    Kraków
  • Region
    Miasto Kraków
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
52,023.43
50.061947419.9368564

University Hospital in Krakow

  • Town
    Krakow
  • Region
    Miasto Kraków
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
142,154.02
50.061947419.9368564

University of Tartu

  • Town
    Tartu
  • Region
    Lõuna-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
152,085.22
58.39564534999999526.630885501668523

Tartu Biotechnology Park Ltd

  • Town
    Tartu
  • Region
    Lõuna-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
71,706.60
58.39564534999999526.630885501668523

Bone Index Finland Ltd.

  • Town
    Kuopio
  • Region
    Pohjois-Savo
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
66,954.54
62.824142427.594561484488977

BONESUPPORT AB

  • Town
    Lund
  • Region
    Skåne län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
61,909.10
55.702929613.1929449