Ovart: assembly of artificial ovary

Assembly of an artificial ovary combining isolated human ovarian follicles, fibrin and a textile pocket

The objective of this project is the development of a 3D biodegradable matrix allowing the graft of autologous ovarian tissue or isolated follicles in patients with impaired fertility following a gonadotoxic treatment. This biofunctional fibrin-based matrix will limit the follicular loss due to post-transplant ischemic stress and will help to induce the formation of an extracellular ovarian-like matrix by promoting cell migration, cell proliferation and vascularization.

In addition, a biodegradable textile pocket will also be developed to contain the tissue scaffold and to efficiently suture the graft at the implantation site.



  • Baxter R&D Europe (coordinator)
  • SMI

Research centers:

  • Centexbel
  • UCL (Laboratory of Gynecology)
  • Ulg (Laboratory of Tumor and Development Biology)
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Start date: 
01 Feb 2010
End date: 
31 Mar 2014