The project hub “Microelectronic and Optical Systems for Biomedicine” located in Erfurt will incorporate the interdisciplinary work of three Fraunhofer Institutes. These include the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS, a leading research service provider in the field of microelectronics and microsystem technology, the Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF, a recognized competence center for optics and photonics, and the Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI, a leader in the life sciences.
Work conducted in Erfurt will center around the implementation and development of key technologies in areas such as microelectronics, optics and photonics, and life sciences as well as the close collaboration with industry on new biomedical applications.
The project hub will initially focus on three specific technology platforms including microscopy modules for structured illumination in biophotonics, modules for acquiring and processing images for biomedical applications based on the combination of MEMS and micro-optics, and biofunctional surfaces and biosensors for the optical and chemical analysis of liquids and gases particular to biomarker analysis.
Due to political projects such as the EU growth program, the high-tech strategy of the German federal government and the innovation project of the Free State of Thuringia as well as current trends in biomedicine, the expansion of our activities to other fields of application is tangible. Application-ready systems for medical technology, analytics, diagnostics, biotechnology, biophotonics, pharmaceuticals, as well as nutrition, health and aging must be developed and transferred to industry.
The ramp-up of the new project hub “Microelectronic and Optical Systems for Biomedicine” is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022. Start-up financing of 20 million euro over a period of five years will be equally shared between the Fraunhofer and the Free State of Thuringia. In addition, Fraunhofer and Thuringia will invest around 15 million euros in constructing and equipping the new facility. The Project Hub will thereafter be included in the federal and state funding of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.