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Established by the University of Mons, Belgium, Materia Nova – Material research and development centre has operated as an autonomous non-profit organisation since 2001. The centre employs 90 multidisciplinary, highly qualified researchers, most of them with a PhD, as well as engineers and technicians specialised in polymer engineering, organic chemistry, surface treatments, biomaterials and biotechnology. Materia Nova plays the bridging role between fundamental research and industrial development. In addition to performing confidential R&D contractual projects, Materia Nova uses its skills to collaborate with universities and EU public organizations, fulfilling their mission by accelerating the emergence of advanced technology while targeting industrial applications.