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  • Fraunhofer AVIATION & SPACE at ILA 2024 / 2024

    Technologies for the future of aerospace

    Press Release / May 29, 2024

    Projekt CubEniK für hochsichere Verschlüsselung: Der Mini-Satellit kann Quantenschlüssel über eine Entfernung von 300 Kilometern zwischen zwei Bodenstationen übertragen.
    © Fraunhofer IOF

    The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will be showcasing nearly 50 exhibits from various disciplines and fields of research at the 2024 ILA Berlin aerospace expo, to be held from June 5 to 9. Fraunhofer institutes are scheduled to present urban aviation systems, satellite technology for quantum encryption, and a drone used to detect forest fires, among other solutions. They will demonstrate how cutting-edge research combines practical solutions with cost-effectiveness and climate action. Fraunhofer researchers are also active in the field of defense and security, where they will be presenting technologies for detection and defense against hypersonic weapons.

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  • French state visit to Fraunhofer highlights the importance of microelectronics / 2024

    Macron and Steinmeier visit Fraunhofer in Dresden

    Press Release / May 27, 2024

    Am Fraunhofer IPMS ließen sich die beiden Präsidenten Hightech-Forschung aus den Bereichen Mikroelektronik, Medizintechnik und Quantentechnologien demonstrieren.
    © Fraunhofer IPMS

    Following an invitation from German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French President Emmanuel Macron made the first official French state visit to Germany in 24 years. During their three-day schedule, both presidents also visited the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS in Dresden to highlight the importance of collaboration between France and Germany in ensuring Europe's technological sovereignty, particularly in the field of microelectronics.

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  • Next-generation encapsulation technology / 2024

    FDmiX: Fast, robust series production of nanoparticles

    Research News / May 02, 2024

    FDmiX-M Mischer zur Herstellung von Nanopartikeln
    © B. Bobusch/FDX Fluid Dynamix GmbH

    Nucleic acid-based medications such as mRNA vaccines offer tremendous potential for medicine and are opening up new therapeutic approaches. These active ingredients must be enclosed inside nanoparticles to ensure that they get to where they are needed inside the body’s cells. The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK and FDX Fluid Dynamix GmbH have worked together to develop a technology platform for the production of nanoparticles that can achieve particle quality and stability at levels previously out of reach: FDmiX, short for Fraunhofer Dynamic Mixing Technologies. Swiss chemical and pharmaceutical company Lonza has now licensed the technology for its own good manufacturing practice (GMP) production activities.

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  • Drug discovery for new therapies / 2024

    Bioreactor research processes and cryotechnologies improve active ingredient tests using human cell cultures

    Research News / May 02, 2024

    Diverse Bioreaktor-Systeme zur Kultivierung von iPSCs auf Mikrocarriern
    © Fraunhofer IBMT / Bernd Müller

    Many new drug candidates end up failing because they cause serious side effects in clinical trials even though lab tests involving cell cultures have been successful. This is a common occurrence if the cells used come from animal tissue, for example. Specially prepared cell cultures made from human tissue known as human induced pluripotent stem (hiPS) cells enable greater reliability in testing, thereby also increasing the chances that a drug will be approved. Fraunhofer researchers have developed innovative solutions for optimized production of cells in bioreactors and unique cryotechnologies. This is paving the way for efficient real-world use of these cell cultures in toxicity testing and drug discovery.

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  • Plant oils in cosmetics / 2024

    Systematic testing of natural oils on in vitro skin models

    Research News / May 02, 2024

    Pflanzenöle werden hinsichtlich ihrer Wirkung auf die menschliche Haut systematisch anhand von Hautmodellen im Labor untersucht.
    © Fraunhofer ISC

    For some years now, the trend in the cosmetics and skincare sector has been toward transparency and natural, sustainable ingredients. A growing number of consumers are rejecting cosmetics that contain petroleum-derived mineral oils and silicone oils. As a result, manufacturers are increasingly turning toward plant-based oils, fats, and waxes as substitutes. Working in tandem with Kneipp GmbH, a well-known producer of cosmetic products and other items, the Fraunhofer Translational Center for Regenerative Therapies TLC-RT at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC is conducting the first-ever systematic tests of the general protective and regenerative effects of plant oils on the skin. The researchers are using a 3D skin model cultured in vitro for their work.

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  • Medical engineering / 2024

    Sensor measures oxygen content of breath

    Research News / May 02, 2024

    Der miniaturisierte nicht-invasive Sensor lässt sich mithilfe eines T-Konnektors in bestehende Beatmungsgeräte integrieren.
    © Fraunhofer IPM

    Oxygen saturation in the blood that is either too low or too high can cause lasting physical harm or even death. This is why patients’ oxygen concentrations are monitored continuously in both intensive care and trauma units. However, the pulse oximeters typically clipped onto a patient’s fingertip for this purpose can be unreliable. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM have developed a fluorescence-based sensor that measures the oxygen content of people’s breath directly and in real time in an effort to provide accurate figures in the future. The sensor determines the O2 concentration in the respiratory gas according to the principle of fluorescence quenching, which allows conclusions to be drawn about the oxygen saturation in the blood.

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  • Digital transformation / 2024

    Web platform and app aim to improve quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease

    Research News / May 02, 2024

    Mit der App Active PD können Menschen mit Parkinson ihre motorischen Fähigkeiten testen und Fragen zu ihrem Wohlbefinden beantworten.
    © Fraunhofer FIT

    Parkinson’s disease is one of the most prevalent neurodegenerative conditions worldwide. It causes motor impairments such as tremors, slow movement, muscle stiffness, and balance problems. Memory can also worsen as the disease progresses. The individual course of the disease cannot be predicted, so experts recommend regular, close patient monitoring to allow for rapid responses to any changes in symptoms. New technological tools aim to facilitate communication between doctors, caregivers, and patients and improve the care situation. In the ParkProReakt project, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT are working with partners to create a digital platform and app that, used with wearables, will track the course of the disease in an effort to improve quality of life for Parkinson’s patients.

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  • Coatings / 2024

    Natural sun protection for wood floors and furniture

    Research News / May 02, 2024

    Ohne Beschichtung kann UV-Licht mit Holzoberflächen interagieren und zu Verfärbungen und Schäden führen.
    © Naturhaus Naturfarben GmbH

    Wood, we come into close contact with it daily. Children play around on wood floors, and wood furniture plays an important role in our work and sleep habits as well. To keep this natural material from aging prematurely, it’s important to protect it effectively against ultraviolet (UV) radiation. At the same time, people want to retain the look and feel of natural wooden surfaces, but the transparent protective coatings that are currently widely commercially available often contain harmful chemical compounds. To avoid using these substances, the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV and Naturhaus Naturfarben GmbH are working together to develop a formula that provides harmless, transparent and 100 percent organic UV protection for wood.

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  • International partnership / 2024

    Fraunhofer to expand its collaboration with South Korea

    Press Release / April 25, 2024

    Working together to expedite technological innovations in the fields of battery cell and semiconductor technology: That is the aim of a comprehensive international collaboration program funded by the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE). The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, with eight of its institutes, is their partner in Germany. On Wednesday, the collaboration was sealed with a letter of agreement and the opening of a coordination hub.

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  • Further development and strengthening of the research portfolio / 2024

    Structural adjustments within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

    Press Release / April 19, 2024

    In an effort to further develop the portfolio of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in both subject-specific and commercial terms and ensure the research organization’s future viability, the executive board has adopted a package of measures involving the partial closure of the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW and the elimination of the center’s independence. The remaining departments are to be integrated into the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI. In addition, the Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis INT is to be integrated into the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE. These decisions are subject to the approval of the senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

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