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JPI Oceans live session: Aqua-healing - can marine ingredients fix our wounds?

In celebration of World Oceans Day 2022, JPI Oceans hosted a special Zoom and Facebook Live session focusing on the potential of ingredients sourced from the sea to heal our wounds.

JPI Oceans live session: Aqua-healing - can marine ingredients fix our wounds?


  • 09 June 2022

The event took place on 8 June 2022, welcoming guest speaker Karin Gilljam, coordinator of the BlueBio ERA-NET Cofund project AquaHeal3D. Dr Gilljam is the Chief Science Officer at the projects’ coordinating institution, Regenics, Norway. AquaHeal3D combines all renewable, marine sourced products to create a 3D printed wound healing medical device. It will incorporate Regenics’ bioactive substances from unfertilized salmon roe, HTX, into a topical wound healing dressing for chronic hard-to-heal wounds. No dressings with integrated skin regenerating and anti-inflammatory properties are available. Therefore, Regenics’ wound healing innovation is ground-breaking in advanced wound care. A successful project will provide a unique opportunity for the consortium to sign licensing agreement(s) with top global wound-healing companies, also contributing to job creation in the marine and healthcare sectors.

Through Facebook Live sessions, JPI Oceans aims to address important topics and showcase some of the interesting projects funded under the JPI Oceans portifolio. In 2020, featured projects included EUREC4A-OA on ocean-climate interactions, and the HOTMIC project on microplastics. In 2021, we focused on our Knowledge Hubs, including the now concluded Knowledge Hub on the Integrated Assessment of New Pollutants and the Knowledge Hub on Munition in the Sea, as well as the BlueCC project funded under the BlueBio ERA-Net Cofund.

Aqua-healing - can marine ingredients fix our wounds?

The JPI Oceans live event took place on World Oceans Day on 8 June 2022. This year we welcomed guest speaker Karin Gilljam, coordinator of the BlueBio ERA-NET Cofund project AquaHeal3D. Dr Gilljam is the Chief Science Officer at the projects’ coordinating institution, Regenics, Norway. 

AquaHeal3D combines all renewable, marine sourced products to create a 3D printed wound healing medical device. It will incorporate Regenics’ bioactive substances from unfertilized salmon roe, HTX, into a topical wound healing dressing for chronic hard-to-heal wounds. No dressings with integrated skin regenerating and anti-inflammatory properties are available. Therefore, Regenics’ wound healing innovation is ground-breaking in advanced wound care. A successful project will provide a unique opportunity for the consortium to sign licensing agreement(s) with top global wound-healing companies, also contributing to job creation in the marine and healthcare sectors.

The Blue Bioeconomy ERA-NET Cofund

The BlueBio ERA-Net Cofund is the result of a collaboration between JPI Oceans and the former ERA-NETS COFASP and ERA MBT, consisting of 30 partners from 17 countries and aims to strengthen Europe’s position in the blue bioeconomy.

The goal is to identify new and improve existing ways of bringing bio-based products and services to the market and find new ways of creating value from in the blue bioeconomy.

Aquatic biomass (both wild and cultured) from the seas and oceans, rivers and lakes, has a large potential to ensure future food, feed and nutrition security. It is also recognised as a source of raw materials for use in value chains for high value, products and processes, such as pharmaceuticals, food ingredients, bioprocessing, chemicals, novel materials and cosmetics while factoring in environment and climate change risks. In many cases, the utilisation of aquatic bioresources can be more sustainable than terrestrial production methods. Developing a blue bioeconomy in Europe will create jobs, promote economic growth, and contribute to a more healthy and sustainable society. Advancements in blue bioeconomy research and innovation uptake will allow Europe to open new and diversified markets in food and bio-based products, while improve the management of its renewable biological resources. 

Facebook Live: Aqua-healing with Karin Gilljam

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