Annual Report 2023/24

2023 was a year of notable successes and important events for the Fraunhofer IGB. For example, we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the institute and the 10th anniversary of our branches in Leuna and Straubing.

Milestones in research included the funding of the Center for Sustainable Fuels (ZENK) in Straubing and the establishment of the our new “Virus-based Therapies” branch in Biberach. The handover of the Fraunhofer roadmap “Circular Bioeconomy for Germany“ to representatives of the EU Commission and the inauguration of the “Circular“ art installation in Stuttgart were further highlights of IGB's wide range of activities.

We would like to thank our customers and partners for their excellent cooperation and their trust in us to drive innovation and, building on this, the transformation of the economy. We wish you an informative read and look forward to further cooperation and new, exciting projects.

Spotlight on: focus themes

In this year's Annual Report, we report on our research and projects in four highly topical focus themes. We take a practical look at the benefits, technological readiness and status of the respective developments and show how customers and partners can work with us.


Circular Health

Balancing human and animal health with the environment and the economy


  • Food and raw material production
  • Zoonoses and microbial resistance
  • Value-creation cycles in the healthcare sector
  • Health and environment

The problem of PFAS

”If we focus more on the properties a product actually requires, we can replace PFAS in numerous applications in the future ”


  • Substitution: Harmless alternatives to PFAS
  • Removal of PFAS from water

CO2 as raw material for sustainable chemistry

Technologies for capturing and utilizing CO2


  • CO2 – from greenhouse gas to resource
  • COconversion technologies and products made from CO2



Scaling and piloting of new processes for chemistry and biotechnology

Transferring the manufacturing process to a larger scale is an essential step in bringing new sustainable products to market.


  • Partner for scaling processes and technologies
  • Successful biorefineries, plants and projects
  • Opportunities for collaboration

The institute in figures

In this infographic you will find the most important figures from the past year at a glance.

Further highlights


General overview


An overview of a selection of ongoing and completed research project


Highlights from 2023

  • New Bavarian Center for Sustainable Fuels (ZENK)
  • New IGB branch “Virus-based therapies”
  • Looking back on our anniversary year
  • Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann visits Stuttgart Campus
  • New Fraunhofer President visits the Fraunhofer Campus Stuttgart
  • Artwork “Circular” inaugurated



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Spectrum of services

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