Press releases and news

  • Nose2Brain – Better Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

    Fraunhofer IGB Press Release / 27.4.2017

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    Over the next few years, in a research project funded by the EU, an international consortium is developing a new technology for a better treatment of multiple sclerosis. The idea of the innovative “Nose2Brain” approach is to transport a special active substance directly through the nose into the central nervous system. For this purpose, the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB is working on an active ingredient formulation which is introduced direct into the Regio olfactoria by means of a special applicator and which can release the active ingredient there over a prolonged period of time.

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  • Fraunhofer at the International Converting Exhibition ICE Europe / 2017

    Functional films and efficient coating processes

    Press Release / 14.2.2017

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    The Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP and the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB will present new developments in films and the efficient control of coating processes at the upcoming International Converting Exhibition Europe ICE being held in Munich from 21 - 23 March 2017. Under the motto "Functional films – efficient coating processes", emphasis will be put on new film functionalities and accelerated test methods (Hall A5, Stand 1031).

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  • © Photo Flemish Coordination Center for Manure Processing

    For her work within the EU-funded research project BioEcoSIM the Fraunhofer scientist Dr. Jennifer Bilbao received the Ivan Tolpe Award on February 9th 2017 in Ghent, Belgium. In the framework of this project, the involved partners developed a new process to valorize pig manure into various fertilizers and soil improvers. In this way, agricultural residues can be reused promoting the principle of circular economy.

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  • More efficient vaccine production

    Reserach News / 3.1.2017

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    Many vaccines contain viruses that are inactivated to prevent them from harming recipients. This is generally achieved by adding chemicals. Fraunhofer scientists are taking a different approach, using low-energy-electrons to irradiate the pathogens. The advantages of this new method are that it produces no toxic waste and provides a faster and less aggressive way of rendering pathogens inactive.

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  • Methanol Technology and Policy Commercial Congress / 2016

    BioCat presents carbon dioxide conversion process at specialist congress

    Fraunhofer IGB News / 8.12.2016

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    On the invitation of Methanol Market Services Asia, BioCat – the Straubing branch of Fraunhofer IGB – presented a newly developed innovative process for the conversion of carbon dioxide into valuable products at the Methanol Technology and Policy Commercial Congress.

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  • EIT announces a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) on Food / 2016

    A new leading partnership will drive a transformation towards a consumer-centric and resource-efficient food sector

    Press Release / 22.11.2016

    The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has announced the winner of a pan-European competition on the Food4Future call: EIT Food. EIT Food will build sustainable end-to-end food supply chains realized through transformative innovation and education initiatives, with a central role for the consumer. EIT Food has broad coverage in EU member states and associated countries and is a unique partnership of 50 leading companies, universities, and scientific partners covering the entire food value chain. With the consumers as change agents, each of them is committed to jointly transform the way in which we currently produce, distribute and consume our food. Over the next seven years, the partners will invest close to 1.2 billion euros matched with up to 400 million euros financed by the EIT.

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  • Medica: Rapid one-step identification of bacteria, viruses and fungi / 2016

    Faster diagnosis of sepsis pathogens

    Fraunhofer IGB Press Release / 2.11.2016

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    Microbial pathogens can be diagnosed unambiguously and within just 24 hours by means of high-throughput sequencing of their genetic makeup and special bioinformatics evaluation algorithms. Fraunhofer researchers have validated this in a clinical study with sepsis patients. The researchers present the NGS diagnosis platform at Medica in Düsseldorf from November 14–17, 2016.

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  • New Biomaterials for Cell Cultures and Regenerative Medicine / 2016

    Stable biological coating for implants

    Fraunhofer Research News / 2.11.2016

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    The extracellular matrix (ECM) regulates all important cell functions and is an interesting biomaterial for scientists. Fraunhofer has developed an ECM that contains artificial chemical groups which supports natural cell behaviour outside the body. It can be applied as a stable coating on implants or be used in cell culture dishes.

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  • K 2016 trade fair: Environmentally friendly way to manufacture bioplastics / 2016

    Polyamides from a waste stream of the wood industry

    Fraunhofer press release / 7.10.2016

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    Fraunhofer researchers have developed a process for the manufacturing of high-quality plastics from terpenes, a waste stream of the cellulose production. They will present their new bioplastic and its possible applications from October 19 – 26 at the K 2016 trade fair in Düsseldorf. Visitors can find the joint Fraunhofer booth in Hall 7, Booth SC01.

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  • Energy-efficient wastewater treatment / 2016

    Optimizing sludge treatment

    Fraunhofer Research News / 4.10.2016

    © Photo Photo Verbandsgemeindewerke Edenkoben

    Wine harvesting season is a challenge for wastewater treatment plants. When the grapes are being processed, the effluent load rises steeply – by a factor of 17 in the Palatinate town of Edenkoben. High-load anaerobic digestion provides a flexible solution that cuts power consumption by 20 percent, generates over half of the required electricity on site and greatly reduces sewage sludge volumes.

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