The Fraunhofer IME conducts applied life sciences research from molecules to ecosystems. With close to 410 staff it is one of the largest applied life science Institutes in Europe. Its research areas cover three business fields: Drugs and Biopharmaceuticals, Agro-sciences for Food and Feed, and Bio-production and industrial sustainability.
Fraunhofer IME has its locations not only in Aachen in Germany where it is closely linked with the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the RWTH Aachen University, in Muenster in Germany where it is associated with Institute for Plant Biotechnology of the University of Münster, in Giessen in Germany where research is done in collaboration with the Institute of Applied Entomology of the University of Giessen and in Frankfurt where medical research is being carried out in collaboration with the Institute of Clinical Pharmacology of the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main. Recently, the Germany Screening Port for biomedical research in Hamburg was also integrated into Fraunhofer IME.
Through the Center for Molecular Biology (CMB) in Newark, Delaware, and the Center for Systems Bio-technology (Fraunhofer CSB) in Santiago de Chile, Fraunhofer IME is directly represented on the North and South American market.
Fraunhofer IME and Fraunhofer CSB develop joint projects that in the areas of biotechnology particularly in nanotechnology, the sustainable use of natural resources and environmental sciences, as well as medical research.
Within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Fraunhofer IME works closely with other institutes of the Fraunhofer Group for Life Sciences, the Fraunhofer Food Chain Management Alliance and the Fraunhofer network for sustainability. Fraunhofer CSB can gain access to this expertise as part of these established Fraunhofer networks.