Materiomics B.V. Wins Wound Care Innovation Award

Alira Health and EWMA held their second annual Wound Care Innovation Symposium on May 4th in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Among the presenting finalists, Dr. Bernke Papenburg, COO of Materiomics B.V., was awarded a prize of €15,000 (€10K cash and €5K in kind services) for their surface imbedded technology (TopoChip™) that will transform Advanced Wound Care (AWC) and regenerative medicine. Materiomics B.V. has a library of 158 million nano and micro surface topographies to tailor a High Throughput Screen (HTS) for the desired cellular responses. Applications include, but are not limited to, improving wound healing, optimal proliferation of stem cells, and coatings that are anti-inflammatory and anti-thrombotic.

The Wound Care Innovation finalists (left to right) Edgar Rey, Joana Simões Correia, and Bernke Papenburg with Dr. Mitch Sanders.Dr. Mitchell Sanders, Managing Director of Drug and Device Discovery Lab (3DL) at Alira Health and organizer of the symposium, stated “Bent von Eitzen, Gary Robinson, and I are honored to host the Alira Health-EWMA 2nd Annual Wound Care Innovation Symposium. This year’s three finalists gave outstanding presentations and the biofilm expert panel shed light on new modalities to treat chronic wound infections. Many thanks to our sponsors (Alira Health, Imbed, MiMedx, Baril Corp, BioMedGPS), judges (Kent Høier Nielsen-Coloplast, Frank Burrows-MiMedx, and Jignesh Patel-Mölnlycke), and the esteemed global biofilm expert panelists, Drs. Phil Bowler (ConvaTec), Breda Cullen (Acelity), and Gregory Schultz (University of Florida).”

Dr. Bernke Papenburg noted that “It is a honor for us to win this award and getting recognized for the innovative technology we have developed to improve wound care and beyond. This support motivates us to move forward even faster to get patients to benefit from our technology that stimulates the natural healing process.”


Materiomics B.V. is a privately-owned biotech company located in Enschede, The Netherlands. The company has expertise in developing surface topography modification of medical devices thereby improving the biological performance. Materiomics was founded as a spin-off of the University of Twente research group of Prof. Clemens van Blitterswijk, and Prof. Jan de Boer.


The European Wound Management Association (EWMA) is a European not-for-profit umbrella organisation, linking national wound management organisations, individuals and groups with interest in wound care. Central to EWMA’s objectives is to support implementation of interdisciplinary and cost effective wound care of high quality. EWMA works to reach its objectives by being an educational resource, organising conferences, contributing to international projects related to wound management, actively supporting the implementation of existing knowledge within wound management and providing information on all aspects of wound management. EWMA was founded in 1991, and the association works to promote the advancement of education and research into native epidemiology, pathology, diagnosis, prevention and management of wounds of all aetiologies.