Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB

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 as well as the environment and climate protection. 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.


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Lab-grown canine skin provides a canvas for testing medical treatments

Reproducible in-vitro canine skin has been grown in a laboratory setting for the first time by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB. The research team developed a full-thickness dog skin equivalent based on native skin cells. This makes it possible to precisely test medical treatments in vitro on the sensitive skin of dogs. The skin equivalent can even be used to test the compatibility of care products such as shampoo or soap - eliminating the need for animal testing.
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Rapeseed makes more than just oil – it’s a source of proteins too

At the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna, Germany, representatives from politics, research and industry opened a novel pilot plant for the mild processing of rapeseed to increase the added-value potential of rape as a raw material. Based on a biorefinery, the plant not only delivers high-grade, pre-raffinate-quality rapeseed oil, but also a high-grade, protein-rich rapeseed kernel concentrate, secondary plant substances dissolved in ethanol and rapeseed hulls, which represent further products. The plant was built as part of the joint research project EthaNa, which has been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).
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Plasma against toxic PFAS chemicals

Harmful PFAS chemicals can now be detected in many soils and bodies of water. Removing them using conventional filter techniques is costly and almost infeasible. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB are now successfully implementing a plasma-based technology in the AtWaPlas joint research project. Contaminated water is fed into a combined glass and stainless steel cylinder where it is then treated with ionized gas, i.e. plasma. This reduces the PFAS molecular chains, allowing the toxic substance to be removed at a low cost.
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Network event | February 29, 2024 in Stuttgart

Partnering Event IraSME & CORNET

Our representatives are Prof. Dr. Steffen Rupp and Dr.-Ing. Christina Kohl, who will present the PsoBibi project.

Conference | 2025

Fraunhofer DDMC

Call for Papers for the Fraunhofer Direct Digital Manufacturing Conference 2025 is open now. Abstract submission deadline: May 31, 2024


EIT Food Online Course 2024

Algae Biotechnology

The aim of this professional development programme is to provide introductory training and theory in algal biology, culturing, growth and biotechnology under laboratory and small scale pilot facilities.




Electrochemical synthesis of hydrogen peroxide from water, air and renewable electric energy.



Against extremism

In a "Statement against extremism", the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft commits itself to openness to the world, democracy and academic freedom


Join our network!


Within the urban BioEconomyLab project, IGB is establishing a network in which stakeholders in Baden-Württemberg active and interested urban bioeconomy can share their experiences.

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Our anniversary year “70 years, 70 voices“

We look forward to celebratory events and inspiring voices from employees, former institute directors, and companions and partners from the worlds of research, politics and business.

Annual Report 2022/23

Fraunhofer IGB Annual Report with numerous projects and results from IGB and CBP research.

Virtual 360° tours

Virtual 360° tour at laboratories and technical centers in Stuttgart

Virtual 360° tour of Fraunhofer CBP

Discover the plants and facilities of Fraunhofer CBP in Leuna with our 360° virtual tour!

Virtual 360° tour of BioCat

Discover the plants and facilities of Bio-, Electro- and Chemocatalysis BioCat in Straubing with our 360° virtual tour!

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