Here are links to a selection of our current collaborative and grant-funded projects. If you wish to learn more then please feel free to contact us.
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The Sanguis project is working to develop a new filtration technology to remove antibodies from donated blood components. This filter would enable the production of universal plasma - universal blood components will enable transfusion to all ABO blood groups and allow hospitals to keep a single stock of blood components on site, reducing patient risk from transfusion mismatches and transfusion delays. Emergency services and rapid response units may also benefit from these universally transfusable products. In addition to these clinical and quality of life benefits, health services will be able to reduce wastage, administrative, and logistical costs.
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Through the Rubrovita project, NIRI is working to develop a low-cost blood collection system that enables the separation of donated whole blood into red blood cells and plasma under gravity. The separation of whole blood into these component parts allows the donation to be shared amongst several patients based on their required volumes, but more importantly, allows the most appropriate component to be transferred to the patient. The project has received interest and support from blood transfusion services in both developed and developing countries.
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The RADIACAM project is working to address the pressing need for the recovery and reuse of the valuable metals, fibres, fabrics and foams that make up mattresses and automotive components, once these products have come to the end of their useful life. In line with the European End of Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive, this technology is intended to provide the UK automotive industry with a market-leading capability. The RADIACAM technology will also allow a higher proportion of the seven million mattresses currently disposed of in the UK every year to be diverted from landfill, in line with the European Union Landfill Directive.
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The aim of TAGS is to bring together the elderly, social and medical care institutions, research institutions, technology transfer institutions and manufacturers to identify: specific requirements of the elderly and care institutions; latest developments in materials science and technology that will help meet these requirements; and strategies to incorporate developments in the manufacturing chain. The goal is to improve or innovate products and/or processes to meet the specific clothing and textile needs of a growing sector of the European population.