Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME

Fraunhofer vs. Corona

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Annual report 2019

Read about our highlights of the past year

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Translational medicine for the patients‘ benefit

From bench to bedside – Research along the pharmaceutical value chain for the efficient transfer of knowledge generated by basic biomedical research to the use in human.

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Repurposing as a strategy in the fight against COVID-19

Testing existing drugs for additional indications is a promising approach to find drugs for COVID-19 patients as quickly as possible. For this purpose we use the Fraunhofer IME Repurposing Collection.

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Bioresources

Insects are small creepy-crawlies with great potential and perspectives for therapies.

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New testing concept using molecular markers

Fraunhofer scientists track endocrine disruption in fish using molecular markers

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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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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

8.9.2020

Fraunhofer IME contributes to TECAN's webinar series on COVID-19

 

Dr. Philip Gribbon has been invited by TECAN to share Fraunhofer IME's recent efforts to identify small molecule therapeutics for the treatment of SARS-CoV-2 infection in TECAN's free webinar series on "Drug repurposing approaches to fast-track the development of new therapies for COVID-19".

1.9.2020

Combining both Industry 4.0 and Health 4.0

 

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft combines the expertise of 23 separate Fraunhofer facilities to develop new development and production technologies for innovative cell and gene therapeutics, as well as vaccines, in the “Production for Intelligent Medicine” innovation cluster. Fraunhofer IME will contribute its expertise in protein production for nutrient media, the cultivation of therapeutic stem cells and macrophages as well as respective quality controls, the preclinical development of therapeutics and the automation of these processes.

25.8.2020

Fraunhofer IME, FBRI and Pharma Company sign R&D Agreement


German Fraunhofer IME and Japanese Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation intensify their scientific co-operation in regenerative medicine with industrial partner. As part of their long-term co-operation the Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation at Kobe (FBRI),  Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME at Hamburg and a Japanese pharmaceutical company have concluded a Joint Research Agreement on Drug Discovery for Dementia.  

27.7.2020

Novel biomolecules identified from wasp spider venom

 

Researchers of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME together with the Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen analysed the venom of wasp spiders and discovered a subset of novel biomolecules. Their results have recently been published in "Biomolecules".

17.6.2020

BMBF funds MS project with 1.2 million Euro

 

The University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME want to pave the way for new therapies against multiple sclerosis. The aim of a joint project is to characterize a target protein and further develop suitable drug candidates that specifically prevent the injury of nerve cells, which is responsible for the progressive disability in multiple sclerosis. The project is funded with 1.2 million Euro by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of a program for the validation of disease-related target structures.

14.5.2020

A nano-bio device for the examination of neurons

 

The work conducted by an interdisciplinary research team from the Center of Hybrid Nanostructures (University ofHamburg) and ScreeningPort of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME in Hamburg made it to the cover oft he journal Biomaterials Science. The researchers cultivated electrophysiologically mature neurons derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells on free-standing nanowire arrays. This nanowire set-up enables bidirectional communication with neural circuits with enhanced spatiotemporal precision.

7.5.2020

iCAIR® - Development of COVID-19 medication

 

To date, there is neither a vaccine nor drugs for treating COVID-19 patients available. Researchers of the international consortium iCAIR® are working on the development of novel anti-infective agents to treat or prevent clinically significant diseases of the respiratory tract caused by viruses, fungi and bacteria – and they recently started a project aimed at developing medications to combat the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The Hamburg site of Fraunhofer IME contributes its expertise in drug discovery and drug repurposing based on automated high-throughput technology to this project.

       

 

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Locations

Aachen

Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME

Divison Molecular Biotechnology

Forckenbeckstrasse 6
52074 Aachen
Phone +49 241 6085-0

Schmallenberg

Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME

Division Applied Ecology

Auf dem Aberg 1
57392 Schmallenberg
Phone +49 2972 302-0

Frankfurt am Main

Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME

Division Translational Medicine

Theodor-Stern-Kai 7
60596 Frankfurt am Main
Phone +49 69 63018-0231

Münster

Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME

Branch Lab for Plant Biopolymers

Schlossplatz 8
48143 Münster
Phone +49 251 8322-323

Gießen

Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME

Branch for Bioresources

Winchesterstrasse 2
235394 Gießen
Phone +49 641 9939-500

 

 

Hamburg

Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME

Branch Lab ScreeningPort

VolksparkLab
Schnackenburgallee 114
22525 Hamburg
Phone +49 40 303764-0