Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME

Annual report 2018

Read about our highlights of the past year

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Film about the Fraunhofer IME: "Natural Products for Biotechnology"

Insects are small creepy-crawlies with great potential - survival artists living in the most inhospitable places. How the molecules they produce enrich research and open up new perspectives for therapies, a new film is now showing.

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New strategies against mosquitoes and pests

Mosquitoes can transmit serious diseases; flies can cause massive crop failures. New strategies are envisioned to cope with such insect pests. Environmentally friendly and species-specific. In this context, the "Sterile Insect Technique" plays an important role.

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Rubber from dandelions

Scientists at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and the Fraunhofer IME identify key components of the rubber-biosynthesis

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Predicting pesticide loads more accurately

Fraunhofer IME researchers have developed a software for Germany estimating pesticide concentrations in surface waters. The new process can be employed as a component of pesticide authorization procedures

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Recycling of industrial exhaust gases

Fraunhofer researchers develop a process for the recycling of exhaust gases from industrial production facilities

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New testing concept using molecular markers

Fraunhofer scientists track endocrine disruption in fish using molecular markers

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Aachen | Münster

Moleculare Biotechnology

Fraunhofer IME

Research from molecule to ecosystem


Welcome to the Fraunhofer IME. We conduct research in the field of applied life sciences from a molecular level to entire ecosystems and are your partner for contract research in the areas of pharmacy, medicine, chemistry, agriculture, as well as environmental and consumer protection. Our research and development portfolio is focused on industry, small and medium enterprises and on the public sector.

The overarching goal of our research activities at Fraunhofer IME is the development and use of novel technologies for diagnosis and therapy of human and animal diseases as well as the protection of crop plants and food sources.

Schmallenberg | Gießen

Applied Ecology and Bioresources

Frankfurt am Main | Hamburg

Translational Medicine


Kick-off for the new EU project ENDOSCAPE


The Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME participates in the EU-funded ENDOSCAPE project a research and innovation action that develops a novel gene delivery technology. ENDOSCAPE is a 6.8 M€ H2020 EU project coordinated by scientists at the Charité in Berlin with participation of 12 industrial and academic partners from 7 European countries.


Fraunhofer IME at MEDICA and COMPAMED


»Save the date« From the 12th to the 15th of November 2018, in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institutes for Manufacturing Technology and Applied Materials Research IFAM, for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI and for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine ITEM, the Fraunhofer IME exhibitis its novel implant surfaces at the MEDICA and COMPAMED trade fairs in Düsseldorf (Hall 8a, Stand P13). These surfaces protect patients against inflammation at newly inserted implants.


Plant scientists support precision breeding


European scientists unite to safeguard precision breeding for sustainable agriculture - Leading scientists representing more than 85 European plant and life sciences research centers and institutes have endorsed a position paper that urgently calls upon European policy makers to safeguard innovation in plant science and agriculture. Prof. Dr. Stefan Schillberg signed the paper for the Fraunhofer IME.


Fraunhofer magazine 1.2018


In the latest issue of the Fraunhofer magazine you get insights into the research at the Fraunhofer IME: In the lead article “Health Research in 4D“ you can read more about clinical trials at the Frankfurt site (page 8). Prof. Dr. Dr. Gerd Geißlinger, the managing director of the Fraunhofer IME and the Medical Research Officer of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, explains in an interview why the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is in a unique position to tackle the challenges of medical researchand to pull together the four key areas of biomedicine – drugs, diagnostics, data and devices. (page 17).


Chilean-German project meeting


On August 1st and 2nd, scientists of the Chilean- German project "MoMaPo" met at the Fraunhofer IME in Aachen.

The aim of the binational cooperation project "MoMaPo" is the identification of molecular markers for an increased anthocyanin content in potato tubers. Molecular markers are a tool of modern breeding. With their help, the breeders can succeed in developing new varieties in a shorter time compared to classical breeding.


License Agreement with LenioBio


Life sciences startup LenioBio GmbH and the Fraunhofer IME announced today the signing of an exclusive license agreement that allows LenioBio to utilize Fraunhofer’s proprietary vector solution and technology for the cryopreservation of cell-free lysates. The optimized vector solution and cryopreservation technology from Fraunhofer IME has been specifically developed to meet the wide application areas LenioBio is targeting.
With the addition of the Fraunhofer IME license, LenioBio is extending the patent family covering this innovative cell-free system.


Fraunhofer ATTRACT Eco'n'OMICs started


On July 1st, the Fraunhofer ATTRACT Eco'n'OMICs started at the location Schmallenberg (Applied Ecology). The group works on OMICs based detection of ecotoxicological effects in the scope of screening series for active ingredient precursors of e.g. plant protection products. Head of the ATTRACT group is Dr. Sebastian Eilebrecht.


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