About Us

Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli

The institute’s strength lies in the close integration between healthcare and scientific research, which is carried out in 15 laboratories employing doctors, biologists and technicians.

It is a place of university teaching, due to its association with Bologna University.

The Applied and Translational Research Center and the II Orthopaedic Clinic have an extensive expertise on regenerative medicine for the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases, particularly in the translational research to bring novel biotechnologies from the lab directly to the clinic.


Prof. Maria Paola Landini, MD - Coordinator of NANO-SCORES


Dr. Carola Cavallo, PhD
Dr. Manuela Salerno, PhD

Young Researchers

Dr. Angelo Boffa, MD 
Dr. Giulia Merli, BScD
Dr. Iacopo Romandini, MD


Gerjo J.V.M. van Osch, PhD
Eric Farrell, PhD
Nicole Kops, BSc

Young Researchers

Shorouk Fahmy Garcia, PhD
Jietao Xu, PhD student

Erasmus MC (EMC)

Erasmus MC (EMC) is the largest University Medical Center in the Netherlands, with core activities of patient care, education and research.
There are ~12,000 employees (of which 1,300 researchers), 2,500 medical students and each year ~200 PhD graduations.
The research will take place in the Connective Tisssue Repair Laboratory of the Department of Orthopaedics, the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, head and neck surgery and the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Special Dental Care and Orthodontics.
This research laboratory performs basic/translational research and the central research question of the lab is: “what drives cells in degenerating and regenerating cartilage and bone?”  The research is part of the graduate school Molecular Medicine.

Laboratoire d’Evaluation des Materiels Implantables

Founded in 1989, LEMI is a Laboratory of Toxicology and Research Under Contract specialized in the study of medical devices, chemicals, cosmetics and medicines.

Services offered:

  • Carrying out of tests of safety and biological efficiency in accordance with guidelines and reference standards in force, with a view to the constitution of marketing authorization folders.
  • Research and development studies.
  • Advice and assistance on scientific and regulatory aspects (risk analysis according to ISO14971 & ISO/TR15499)

LEMI in vitro studies are rely mainly on the use of cell cultures of human origin. They are also part of a goal of developing alternative methods to animal testing.


Marie-Françoise Harmand, PhD
Marina Simon, PhD


Valentīna Stepanova, Mg.sc.ing.
Agnese Pūra, Dr.sc.ing.
Jānis Ločs, Dr.sc.ing.

Young Researchers

Jana Vecstaudza, Mg.sc.ing.
Marina Sokolova, Mg.sc.ing.
Kintija Katkovska

Rudolfs Cimdins Riga Biomaterials Innovations and Development Centre of Riga Technical University (RTU RBIDC)

Rudolfs Cimdins Riga Biomaterials Innovations and Development Centre is the most modern biomaterial research centre in the Baltic states. From year 2020 RTU RBIDC will become headquarters of Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence (funded by Horizon 2020). Research areas of RTU RBIDC are synthesis of calcium phosphates and inorganic/organic composites, bone cements, drug/ion delivery systems and upscaling of chemical engineering processes. Biomaterials developed at RTU RBIDC have been tested in clinics for more than 15 years with more than 400 patient cases in cooperation with Riga Stradins University (Latvia), Vilnius University Zalgirio hospital (Lithuania), Riga 2nd Hospital (Latvia) and Riga Stradins University Institute of Stomatology (Latvia).

University College of Dublin


Pieter Brama, PhD


Claudio De Luca
Claudia Fabbi
Lucia Forte


Finceramica is a company which develops, manufactures and markets innovative therapeutic solutions for the biomedical sector. The work carried out at Finceramica lies at the junction between the thousand-year old evolution of ceramic processes and innovation in biomaterials, biosciences and “regenerative surgery”. Our research activities revolve around the human being and the specific needs of patients and surgeons. Our technology platform is a concrete answer to the daily requirements faced by orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery and maxillofacial surgery.

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