Fraunhofer IME develops applied research in life sciences, from molecules to ecosystems. With a team of nearly 410 people, it is one of the largest life science institutes in Europe. Its research areas cover three areas: drugs and biopharmaceuticals, food and nutrition agricultural sciences, bio-production and industrial sustainability.
Fraunhofer IME is located not only in Aachen, Germany, where it is closely related to the Molecular Biotechnology Institute of RWTH Aachen's University. In Münster it is connected to the Biotechnology Plant Institute of Münster’s University. In Giessen it develops research in collaboration with Applied Entomology Institute of Giessen's University and in Frankfurt, where the medical research is carried out in collaboration with the Clinical Pharmacology Institute of Frankfurt/Main's Goethe University. Recently the Port of Screening for biomedical research in Hamburg was also integrated into Fraunhofer IME.
Through the Molecular Biology Center(CMB) in Newark, Delaware and the Center for Systems Biotechnology (FCR-CSB) in Santiago, Chile, Fraunhofer IME is directly represented in North and South America.
Fraunhofer IME and FCR-CSB develop joint projects in biotechnology areas, particularly nanotechnology, sustainable use of natural resources and environmental sciences, as well as medical research.
At Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Fraunhofer IME works in close collaboration with other institutes of the Fraunhofer Group for Life Sciences, the Fraunhofer Alliance for Food Chain Management and the Fraunhofer Sustainability Network. FCR-CSB has access to this knowledge, as it is part of these established networks.