The Clinical Research Center Hannover (CRC Hannover), set up on the grounds of the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine ITEM, is the only medical research center of its kind in Germany. In close cooperation between the Fraunhofer ITEM, the Hannover Medical School, and the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, new drugs that have not yet been approved are tested there for safety (phase-I studies) and efficacy (phase-II studies).
Patient-oriented research and cohort studies are also performed at the CRC Hannover. An optimal infrastructure for clinical studies is available on an area of 6000 square meters. This includes 30 intensive-monitoring beds, another 20 beds for study participants, outpatient rooms, and laboratories for special diagnostics and research.