About the High-Performance Center Medical and Pharmaceutical Engineering

Platform for research and transfer of innovations into patient care

The High-Performance Center Medical and Pharmaceutical Engineering was launched in March 2021. With a focus on personalized implants and respiratory systems as well as on individualized drug manufacturing, the goal is to create a platform for research and the transfer of innovations into patient care.

Under the leadership of the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine ITEM in Hannover, the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST in Braunschweig and the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Individualized and Cell-Based Medical Engineering IMTE in Lübeck have joined forces to form the High-Performance Center Medical and Pharmaceutical Engineering. Further partners include several companies as well as site-specific research partners such as the Hannover Medical School (MHH), the Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), the Lower Saxony Center for Biomedical Engineering, Implant Research and Development (NIFE), Braunschweig University of Technology (TU Braunschweig) with its Center of Pharmaceutical Engineering (PVZ), and the BioMedTec Science Campus in Lübeck with the University of Lübeck, TH Lübeck, and the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH).

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Our aims and expertise

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The Fraunhofer High-Performance Centers are transfer-oriented. They bring together competent partners and as innovation guides help navigate ideas to market launch. They represent excellent, cross-organizational use of infrastructure, continuing education concepts and know-how. With its strengths in neurotechnology, inhalation technology and pharmaceutical process engineering and with the expertise available at the sites in Lübeck, Braunschweig and Hannover, for example in the fields of imaging, additive manufacturing of precision medicine devices, drug formulation and aerosol technology, the High-Performance Center Medical and Pharmaceutical Engineering addresses the future-oriented field of health.

In the future, the partners will be collaborating in the joint transfer infrastructure to serve as a point of contact in northern Germany in the fields of biomedical engineering and pharmaceutical technology for external industry and research partners. The High-Performance Center Medical and Pharmaceutical Engineering is an ideal setting to pool the Fraunhofer expertise with that of the local research partners and industry and thus quickly put innovative ideas into practice.

Translation laboratories

The partners will set up so-called translation laboratories, where crucial steps in process and product development and in regulated product testing can be accomplished. 

Testing laboratory

During a start-up phase, a testing laboratory will be set up to support in particular the development of processes for certification and conformity assessment of medical devices in preparation for clinical testing and market launch.

Scaling platforms

In parallel, the High-Performance Center will establish scaling platforms that will enable testing of respiratory technology, validation of 3D printing technology taking into account biocompatibility, and testing of long-term functionality of neural implants.

Combined know-how

In addition, the consortium's combined know-how on regulatory requirements for pharmaceuticals and medical devices provides the necessary background to support regulatory affairs.

Contact

Jörn Reinders

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Dr. Jörn Reinders

Head of Central Office

Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine
Nikolai-Fuchs-Str. 1
30625 Hannover

Phone +49 511 5350-285

Patricia Mattis

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Patricia Mattis

Business Development

Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine
Nikolai-Fuchs-Str. 1
30625 Hannover

Phone +49 511 5350-119