The Fraunhofer Research Institution for Individualized and Cell-Based Medical Engineering IMTE gets the green light



Individualized medical engineering is the answer to a growing demand for precision diagnostic techniques that identify patient-specific and disease-specific influencing factors and use these to develop highly effective prevention, diagnosis and treatment procedures with few side effects. This is at the core of the new Fraunhofer Research Institution for Individualized and Cell-Based Medical Engineering IMTE Lübeck, which emerged from the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Marine Biotechnology and Cell Technology EMB as a result of strategic realignment and restructuring measures in December 2020. Supported by the state of Schleswig-Holstein, its research focus is on developing innovative, personalized medical products for diagnostic and treatment applications. The funding decision of the state of Schleswig-Holstein has now officially been delivered.

With the fresh start, the Executive Board of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft decided to appoint Dr. Thorsten Buzug as the new Managing Director. Prof. Philipp Rostalski who also heads the Institute for Electrical Engineering in Medicine at the Universität zu Lübeck has also been appointed as a Director of the Fraunhofer research institution.

The strong connection of the Fraunhofer Institution and the University and the Institute for Electrical Engineering in Medicine under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Thorsten Buzug and Prof. Dr. Philipp Rostalski will enable an unprecedented level of cooperation in the field of medical technology in Lübeck.

The state of Schleswig-Holstein has committed to supporting the development of the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Individualized and Cell-Based Medical Engineering IMTE by providing substantial funding for a state project. The grant decision, for an initial amount of 12.1 million euros with a funding quota of 90 %, has now been delivered in Lübeck. Around another 29 million euros have been announced for the upcoming EFRE periods from 2023–2026.

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