The Fraunhofer Group For Life Sciences

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.

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, 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 Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft stands for reliable partnership in applied  research. As the largest research organization of its kind in Europe, it develops market-oriented solutions tailored to the specific requirements of each client. A solid basis for this is its own preliminary research, geared to the basics and frequently undertaken in close cooperation with universities and other academic institutions.

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.

Business units of the Fraunhofer Group for Life Sciences:

  • Medical Translational Research and Biomedical Technology:

    The Challenge of Innovative Diagnostics and Personalized Therapy

  • Regenerative Medicine:

    The Challenge of Qualified Biobanking and Controlled Self-Healing

  • Healthy Foods:

    The Challenge of High Consumer Acceptance and Disease Prevention

  • The New Potential of Biotechnology:

    The Challenge to Learn from Nature for Industrial Exploitation

  • Process, Chemical, and Pesticide Safety:

    The Challenge of Environmental and Consumer Protection


Do you have any general questions regarding the Fraunhofer Group for Life Sciences, or any suggestions or requests?

Dr. Claus-Dieter Kroggel, Head of the Group’s Central Office, will be pleased to assist you, so that you can quickly reach your goal (see contact details above).

The Fraunhofer Group for Life Sciences generates innovative knowledge to seek scientific solutions. The Fraunhofer Institutes pool their expertise to offer a broad spectrum of services and promote cooperation. Expert solutions for your contract research are thus guaranteed.

Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT

Branch Sulzbach/Fraunhofer IBMT:
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Weg 1
66280 Sulzbach


Branch St. Ingbert/Fraunhofer IBMT:
Ensheimer Str. 48
66386 St. Ingbert


Institute Directors: Prof. Dr. Heiko Zimmermann


Prof. Dr. Heiko Zimmermann

"Biomaterials need to adapt to technical materials, and not vice versa, to get the biggest profit out of biotechnology.“


Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB
Nobelstr. 12
70569 Stuttgart


Director: Dr. Markus Wolperdinger

Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME

Division of Applied Ecology
Auf dem Aberg 1
57392 Schmallenberg


Division of Molecular Biology
Forckenbeckstr. 6
52074 Aachen


Institute Management: Prof. Dr. Dr. Gerd Geisslinger (Executive Institute Management, provisional, as of Jan 1st, 2017)

"Applied biosciences ranging from molecules to ecosystems.”

Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI
Perlickstraße 1
04103 Leipzig


Institute Director: Prof. Dr. Dr. Ulrike Köhl

"Regenerative medicine made in Germany – we want to quickly translate the results of biomedical research into practical, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and make these available to patients.“

Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV
Giggenhauser Str. 35
85354 Freising

Fraunhofer IVV - branch Dresden


Institute Director: Prof. Dr. Andrea Büttner


Fraunhofer Research Institution for Marine Biotechnology and Cell Technology EMB
Mönkhofer Weg 239 a
23562 Lübeck


Executive Director: Prof. Dr. Charli Kruse

"Marine biotechnology is predicted to grow tremendously in the years to come, mainly because marine biosystems so far have been studied much less than the terrestrial ones. In particular those topics of marine biotechnology that make use of cells and processes of higher eukaryotic organisms will become a stronger focus of the Fraunhofer EMB’s development work in the next few years.“


The Fraunhofer Group for Life Sciences, a cooperation of six Fraunhofer institutes and a Fraunhofer research institution in Germany, is also represented by several international Fraunhofer facilities in China, Chile, and the USA.

Locations in Germany

  • Fraunhofer IBMT

    St. Ingbert
    Branch office Münster/Wolbeck

  • Fraunhofer IGB

    Straubing branch
    CBP Leuna branch

  • Fraunhofer IME

    Aachen and Schmallenberg
    Münster branch
    Hamburg branch
    Project Group Gießen
    Project Group Frankfurt

  • Fraunhofer ITEM

    Hannover and Braunschweig
    Project Group Regensburg

  • Fraunhofer IZI

    Potsdam-Golm branch
    Project Group Rostock
    Project Group Halle

  • Fraunhofer IVV

    Freising and Dresden

  • Fraunhofer EMB


International Locations

  • Chile

    Fraunhofer Chile Research - Center for Systems Biotechnology (FCR - CSB)

  • Brazil

    Fraunhofer Project Center - Innovations in Food and Bioresources at ITAL, Campinas

  • Canada

    Fraunhofer Project Center - Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing at the McMaster University, Hamilton