‘Otoimplant’ – the most exciting concept developed by young Polish scientist

‘Otoimplant’ – an innovative middle ear prosthesis has been named as the most exciting idea presented by a young Polish scientist in a recent contest organised by Polish Embassy in Tokyo, Japan and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. In recognition of the achievement, its author – DSc Magdalena Ziąbka of the Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics – has been invited to take part in Japan’s largest science forum: Science Agora.

As part of the activities undertaken by the Polish Embassy in Tokyo under the Polish Science Year scheme, the capital of Japan is about to host the ‘Science is Freedom’ Exhibition, presenting 25 most prominent achievements of Polish science in recent years. The Grand Opening of the Exhibition was held on 13 March and was accompanied by a contest, where the invited public consisting predominantly of guests representing Japanese companies, universities and research institutes could learn about the most innovative concepts as well as successful implementations deployed by young (aged under 35) Polish scientists. The Japanese visitors watched short movies produced and sent in by the contestants. Both the format of the presentation as well as the scope of the accomplishment were left at the discretion of the young scientists, yet preference was given to science projects. The contest was met with great interest from the public, who were impressed by the high level of technological solutions as well as the innovative potential of the featured ideas. After seeing all films, the public voted for the best project.  

DSc Magdalena Ziąbka will fly to Tokyo to take part in Science Agora to be held in November 2018. In addition to covering the costs of travel and accommodation, Polish Embassy in Tokyo will offer assistance with practical arrangements during her stay in the Japanese capital.

‘Otoimplant’ is a middle ear prosthesis developed from bio-stable thermoplastic polymers containing antibacterial modifying additive in the form of silver nanoparticles. The implant enables reconstruction of auditory ossicles in the middle ear cavity and effectively eliminates bacterial infections. The research team led by DSc Magdalena Ziąbka is working on the project under the ‘Lider’ Programme financed by the National Centre for Research and Development.

Watch the clip with the presentation of DSc Magdalena Ziąbka’s achievements (including the Otoimplant Project) entered for the contest.