Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB

How Do We Want to Run Our Economy and Production?

In the EVOBIO project coordinated by IGB, 19 Fraunhofer Institutes are working on solutions for a sustainable bio-economy by rethinking the industrial value chain.

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Infections – Prevention, diagnostics, drug development

Technologies for sterilization and vaccine development; technologies for detection of viruses, bacteria and fungi; bacteriophages and test systems for drug development.

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Bioeconomy

Innovations for foresight value creation for the implementation of sustainability goals, taking into account ecology, society and economy.

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Fraunhofer Solution Days #WeKnowSolutions

Presentation. Inspiration. Vision. Meet us at the Health topic day, October 28, 2020.

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Annual Report 2019/20

Highlights of our current research and the Annual Report 2019/20 as ePaper and for download.

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We combine biology and engineering

More than ever, innovative processes call for the constructive interplay of previously separate technical disciplines in a systems approach. The institute works at the interface between biology and engineering, especially in biotechnology and bioengineering, but also through the interaction of biological systems with technical materials.

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Novel polyamides from biogenic waste stream

The terpene 3-carene is a waste stream from pulp production. IGB researchers use the residual materials as raw materials for biobased plastics with outstanding properties: They have produced amorphous Caramid-R® and semi-crystalline Caramid-S® using a recently patented process.

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Retina-on-a-chip provides powerful tool for studying eye disease

New technology that recreates some of the complexity of the human retina may help scientists study eye disease and screen for drug side effects that harm the eye.

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Catalysts for climate protection

How can we achieve the internationally agreed climate targets? New catalysts, technologies and processes make the greenhouse gas CO2 usable: as a raw material for the production of chemicals, fuels or chemical energy storage systems. This reduces net CO2 emissions and also conserves fossil resources.

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Biological Transformation

Sustainable industrial value creation through the use of biological principles, systems and biotechnological processes

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Our contribution to the Nexus of Water – Energy – Food – Raw materials

Sustainability through integrated resource management

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We combine biology and engineering

What can we do to conserve natural resources and protect the climate? How can we assure an equitable supply of food, water, and raw materials to the world’s growing population? And what can we do to improve the accuracy of diagnostic methods used to detect diseases, provide affordable drug testing, and develop personalized medicine for an ageing society?

Fraunhofer IGB develops processes, technologies and products for health, sustainable chemistry and the environment. For this, we rely on the combination of biotechnological and process engineering competencies in order to contribute to human well-being, a sustainable economy and an intact environment with the systems approach of bioeconomy and bioinspired, biointegrated and biointelligent solutions.

We provide our customers with end-to-end solutions, from the laboratory to pilot-scale applications, accompanied by a wide range of analysis and testing services.

 

COVID-19 pandemic – important information on cooperation

 

Researching together

Our contribution to corona research and what we can do together with you against infections – from prevention, to diagnosis and drug development.

8.2.2021

Water-repellent and more: coating textiles sustainably with chitosan

Textiles can be coated with the biopolymer chitosan and thus made water-repellent by binding hydrophobic molecules. The good thing is that this can also replace toxic and petroleum-based substances that are currently used for textile finishing. In the last few years Fraunhofer IGB and partners in the HydroFichi project have researched how this can be done: A technology has been developed to provide fibers with the desired properties using biotechnological processes and chitosan.
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21.12.2020

How Do We Want to Run Our Economy and Production?

The wastewater treatment plant is turned into a vegetable farm, bio-based substances recovered from waste are being utilized to prevent oxidative spoilage in food packaging or provide environmentally-friendly and safe water-repellent coatings on functional textiles. In the EVOBIO project coordinated by Fraunhofer IGB, 19 Fraunhofer Institutes are working on solutions for a sustainable economy by developing new concepts that utilize material flows in bioeconomy process cycles to produce optimized materials for innovative products.
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12.11.2020

Bio2Brain set to develop effective drug delivery to central nervous system

17 project partners from academia and industry have joined forces in the Bio2Brain network to investigate efficient administration routes of biopharmaceuticals for the treatment of disorders of the central nervous system (CNS). The challenge is an endogenous defence system that normally protects the CNS from unwanted substances. The downside, however, is that commercial or even potential drugs cannot readily cross this barrier. In order to respond to this challenge, the Bio2Brain network will pursue more effective approaches and develop new paradigms for drug delivery technologies in the treatment of CNS diseases.
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9.11.2020

Infection diagnostics 3.0: Faster thanks to nanopore sequencing

To ensure that sepsis patients receive appropriate antibiotics as quickly as possible, Fraunhofer IGB researchers have developed a diagnostic procedure that uses high-throughput sequencing of blood samples and delivers results much faster than conventional culture-based techniques. Thanks to the latest single-molecule sequencing techniques, this process has now been further improved so that pathogens can be identified after just a few hours. The basic methodology is currently being tested in a multi-center study with several hundred patients.
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Digital Conference│ March 1-19, 2021

BIOKET

Global conference dedicated to processes and technologies applied to biomass with presentations and virtual booth of our institute.

 

Virtual 360° tour at the Fraunhofer CBP

Discover our plants and facilities at the Fraunhofer CBP in Leuna online.

 

NextGenBiogas

Flexible production of bioenergy can contribute stability for power grids

 

South Africa: Solutions against water scarcity

Strategic partnership: Fraunhofer Innovation Platform for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus at Stellenbosch University has been established.

 

Green hydrogen in Morocco

German-Moroccan cooperation on hydrogen technologies: IGB involved in the development of a demonstration plant for the production of green ammonia.

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