The main motive of the project is access to key market partners, especially on an international scale. Only a quick and continuous updating of knowledge, expanding the scope of competences, as well as acquiring new skills is able to ensure this. This method of operation is consistent with the internationalization strategy of the Łukasiewicz Research Network, which also includes the objectives, subject matter and organizational scope of the application submitted in the NAWA Strategic Partnerships program.
International cooperation is a statutory task of the Łukasiewicz Research Network Institutes. The Institute’s substantive activity is currently conducted in four Research Centers in the field of engineering and technical sciences, mainly in the field of materials engineering with a significant share of surface engineering and to a lesser extent in biomedical engineering. The perspective of scientific and research development at Łukasiewicz – IMP in the discipline of biomedical engineering concerns: design and production of medical devices, systems for monitoring and processing medical images using 3D techniques, engineering support for surgical operations of human joints, as well as traditional and innovative technologies in biomedical engineering and antibacterial coatings for use i.a. in public facilities. Five topics were selected from these thematic areas: optimization methods and tools, design and production of orthopedic implants, materials for implants, mechanisms of tissue deformation and osseointegration, research on stents, scaffolds and their micro- and macrostructure.
The strategic operational goal of the internationalization of Łukasiewicz – IMP is to strengthen the existing scientific and research cooperation by establishing new contacts and active participation in international programs. This cooperation should be consistent with the directions of Łukasiewicz’s activity, which in the case of Łukasiewicz – IMP are health and sustainable economy. In the project “Integrated research and teaching system for the implementation of additive technologies” the priority direction is health. The proposed topic is focused on the use of the latest scientific achievements in the field of modeling and simulation as well as the selection of materials and 3D printing technology. Designing personalized bone structure implants is starting to be truly considered as a specialization of the Center for Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering. Such actions in the future will constitute an element of the so-called diversification strategy, i.e. entering new markets with new products and services tailored to the expectations and needs of customers.