South Korea: Opening of Joint Research Center

Successful Cooperation Workshop

May 2006 saw the opening of the Joint Research Center for Nano and Biotechnology (PSU-IGB-JRC)  initiated by Fraunhofer IGB and Pusan National University. Housed on the latter’s Myriang Campus in a purpose-adapted building, the JRC has at its disposal a whole storey with around 1,500 square meters of laboratories and office space. The rooms are already partly in use and be further equipped according to IGB specifications, in order to adapt the expertise and know-how of the German research partner for Korean industry. The initial technological link-ups are in the fields of nano(bio)technology and tissue engineering, to be followed by the IGB concept for local water management.

The IGB presented itself to potential Korean industrial and research partners at a scientific symposium in Seoul in November 2006. The event formed part of the BMBF “Korea and Germany – R&D Partners” campaign.

In the wake of this event, a first joint project with industrial participation on both German and Korean sides was authorized, and will commence in spring 2007.

Project to improve the diagnosis of sepsis

In the diagnosis chip project, a DNA microarray platform is being developed in collaboration with GATC Biotech AG, Konstanz, Germany, the National University of Pusan and the Gene In Co. Ltd. in South Korea, in order to detect and identify pathogenic microorganisms (bacteria and fungi) as well as their relevant resistances against antibiotics.