About JB2C

Dr Chris Arts is Professor Translational Biomaterials Research at Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC) and Department Biomedical Engineering Eindhoven University of Technology. His Ph.D. thesis at Radboud University Medical Centre Nijmegen (2006) focused on the usability of calcium phosphate ceramic materials during hip arthroplasty revision surgery with the bone impaction grafting technique.

Prof Arts is working in the field of translational biomaterials research with emphasis on biomaterials for use in segmental bone defect healing, infection prevention and infection treatment, antimicrobial resistance and spinal deformity. Furthermore, he is working on development of high-resolution imaging techniques to visualize incorporation, degradation of biomaterials in vivo in clinical patients. 3-D printing of medical devices or implants for spinal fusion optimalisation is another one of his research pursuits.

Prof Arts acts as project leader of both consortium projects NWA-ORC DARTBAC nwa-dartbac.nl in which he is developing material technology against antibiotic resistant bacteria and the Interreg Vlaanderen-Nederland Prosperos-II project prosperosinterreg.eu in which he aims to improve spinal fusion results using mechanobiology approaches.

Although Prof. Arts works on material technology solutions for patients, there are also fundamental aspects in his research “What is the most optimal way of bone integration of a medical implant and which design parameters have the most influence on this” and “How much does calcium phosphate biomaterials contributes to the mechanical stability of the bone during integration, remodeling and resorption of the biomaterial? What biological mechanisms underlie this? And above all, how can we influence these mechanisms?”.

Chris has co-authored about 110 publications in peer-reviewed international journals and several book chapters

Chris has a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO) and fulfills teaching roles in the Master Biomedical Sciences (FHML, UM), AKO (FHML, UM) and Master Medical Engineering (BMT, TU Eindhoven) programs. He currently supervises 14 PhD students of which 8 as primary promotor.

In conjunction with several societies, he is active in setting up new initiatives in biomaterials education for both academia and industry. In 2018, he initiated the Translational Orthopaedic Biomaterial Interest Group (TOBIG) to raise more awareness about education relating to bone graft substitute materials (www.tobig.eu). He is interested in educating surgeons about the application of biomaterials in clinical practice and he has bundled his insights in practice booklets.

Current Research Projects as Principle investigator

Previous Research Projects

  • BMM Nantico 2009-2015
  • BMM Spineguide 2009-2015
  • Interreg Prosperos 2016-2020
  • Inscite Posture 2016-2023

Services medical devices and biologics

1. Advisory board participation
  • Material portfolio assessment according to ISO 13485 & ISO 14155
  • Biomaterials and medical devices
  • Research project prioritization
  • KOL management
  • Biomaterials : Calcium Phosphate materials, bone grafts, bioactive glass, bone graft substitutes,
  • Medical devices orthopaedic surgery: CoCr, stainless steel, Ti, UHMWPE
2. Animal & clinical research support
  • Animal and clinical study design according to GCP and ISO 14155
  • Safety and efficacy evaluation of biomaterials, medical devices and biologics
  • Analysis and reporting study outcome
3. Education & training
  • Bio(material) properties, clinical indications, medical imaging presentation for academic and industry
  • Preparation of product specific education and training materials
  • Speaker bureau participation and invited lectures
4. In vitro & in vivo study analysis
  • Biomaterial and medical device mechanical properties analysis
  • Biomaterial and medical device animal study analysis
  • Imaging analysis cell-material interaction
  • Clinical study outcome analysis
5. Technology & innovation assessment
  • Comprehensive technology & innovation evaluation
  • Material and medical education for academia and industry
  • Prioritization and recommendation of additional product medical application fields
6. Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
  • in vitro experiments
  • in vivo experiments
  • Clinical trial experiments
  • Keynote lecturing
  • Material portfolio assessment

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