Fraunhofer Group for Life Sciences

Applied science for man and the environment

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Welcome to the Fraunhofer Group for Life Sciences

Six Fraunhofer institutes and one Fraunhofer research institution, each having proven in-depth expertise in different areas within the life sciences, are involved in this Group: the Fraunhofer institutes for Biomedical Engineering IBMT, Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME, Toxicology and Experimental Medicine ITEM, Process Engineering and Packaging IVV, and Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI, and the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Marine Biotechnology and Cell Technology EMB.
Their combined knowledge of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, medicine, pharmacology, ecology, and nutritional science is thus pooled and synergized within this Fraunhofer Group. In all these Fraunhofer institutes, the scientists collaborate in interdisciplinary teams, so that tailored know-how concerning information technology, engineering science, and legal requirements is also available. Research and implementation at the client’s facilities therefore go hand in hand.

The comprehensive and individually tailored services offered by the Fraunhofer Group for Life Sciences for the application of novel technologies require an organization that covers a broad range of disciplines, methods, and equipment. Under the motto “research for human health and the environment”, the Fraunhofer Group for Life Sciences offers its clients a rich pool of complementary expertise. One of the most important things we have learned: the path from the very first idea to the perfect solution is always very exciting – and we will gladly go down this path with you.

The Fraunhofer Group for Life Sciences offers

  • a broad range of methods,
  • expert consultation from the very beginning,
  • innovative ideas, and
  • scientists with cross-disciplinary experience.

We perform your research projects with professional expertise.



Preclinical models for various indications


Blue Biotechnology



Biotechnica 2017

Research and development for human health is one focus of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the largest research organization for applied science in Europe. We combine a broad range of disciplines to tackle challenges – from technology to facilitate drug development, disease research and treatment to ensuring water safety. Innovative developments in the life sciences are strongly driven by the interaction of different areas of expertise including biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, medicine, pharmacology, ecology, production technology, lab technology, and surface engineering. Examples of specific projects include cell cultivation in a hanging droplet, bioreactors and 3D incubation systems for in-vitro human tissue culture, production of scaffolds with a 3D printer, as well as water purification without adding chemicals. Interdisciplinary approaches allow us to find solutions for complex projects tailored to a broad spectrum of needs for the lab as well as applied research.

Come and see us in Hall 20, Booth B02



Bio International Convention

The BIO International Convention, the world's largest biotechnology trade fair, will take place in San Diego, USA from June 19 – 22, 2017. The Fraunhofer Group for Life Sciences will present its research in drug development, medical technology, healthy foods, and bio-based economy at the »German Pavilion«.  One focus will be preclinical test models for various indications.