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  • 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".

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  • © Fraunhofer IME | Undine Haferkamp

    The University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) and Fraunhofer 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.

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  • Creation of a nano-bio device for the examination of neurons

    Translational Medicine / May 14, 2020

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    The work conducted by an interdisciplinary research team from the Center of Hybrid Nanostructures (University of Hamburg) and the ScreeningPort of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME in Hamburg made it to the cover of the journal Biomaterials Science.

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  • 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 – 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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  • Identification of inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2

    Translational Medicine / April 30, 2020

    © Fraunhofer IME | Bernhard Ellinger

    Fraunhofer IME recently published a preprint article on a repurposing screen of 5.600 known drugs, clinical candidates and bioactives (Fraunhofer IME repurposing collection), which identified multiple inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2 in vitro cellular toxicity in a phenotypic format using human (Caco-2) cells. The study was run by Fraunhofer IME in collaboration with the Goethe-University Frankfurt.

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  • © Fraunhofer IME | Martin Kunze

    With the "COVID-19 Knowledge Space", Fraunhofer SCAI – together with Fraunhofer IME, Fraunhofer IAIS, the Information Center for Life Sciences ZBMED and other research partners – is opening a new kind of knowledge space with analysis tools and information on COVID-19. This website provides central services that allow access to publicly available data on current COVID-19 research. Fraunhofer IME at its site in Hamburg will contribute its expertise in linking chemical information of drug molecules with antiviral properties against COVID-19 and other data, such as toxicity and possible side effects.

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  • Potential applications of plant biotechnology against SARS CoV-2

    Molecular Biotechnology / April 24, 2020

    © Fraunhofer IME | Dirk Mahler

    A multinational team of scientists from the UK, Germany, and Spain, have published an authoritative article in the prestigious scientific journal Trends in Plant Science discussing how plant biotechnology can assist in the international response to pandemics, including COVID-19.

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  • SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and drug development against COVID-19

    Translational Medicine / March 25, 2020

    © iStock | Naeblys

    How can Fraunhofer contribute to the fight against the virus? Interview concerning the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic with Prof. Dr. Gerd Geißlinger, Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME and Medical Research Officer of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, in an interview for the "Quersumme" (employee magazine of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft).

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  • © Fraunhofer IME | Bernd Müller

    The Division for Translational Medicine of the Fraunhofer IME will be providing the key link between biologists and data scientists in the E4C consortium, which has received a grant of 3 million euros by the European Commission (EC) as part of the EC’s emergency funding to counter the coronavirus pandemic. Under the leadership of the Italian company Dompé, the consortium will combine virtual and natural screening methods to identify both novel and existing compounds for the treatment of patients infected by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

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  • © IBC2 | GU

    PROXIDRUGS, the regional network with participation of the Branch of Translational Medicine and Pharmacology TMP of the Fraunhofer IME, the Goethe University and the Technical University Darmstadt, aims at developing active molecules for selective intervention, opening new therapeutic avenues. Within the “Clusters4Future” ideas competi-tion, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research has now selected the project for funding in the concept phase – as one of 16 finalists out of 137 proposals submitted.

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