Translational medicine

Over 40 of the 74 Fraunhofer Institutes are working in the four major fields of health research – the 4Ds: drugs, diagnostics, devices and data. Since many innovations arise at the interface between the disciplines, translational medicine promotes cooperation between physicians, scientists, computer scientists and engineers. Through the cooperation around the 4Ds, new, cost-efficient ideas shall be quickly put into practice.


Health research in 4D

Testing new drugs in hospitals, searching for specific biomarkers, developing sensitive prostheses or designing concepts for secure data management: Research on health has many facets. 45 of 72 Fraunhofer Institutes work in the four major fields of health research – drugs, diagnostics, devices and data, the 4Ds.


Fraunhofer Translational Center for Regenerative Therapies

The Fraunhofer Translation Center for Regenerative Therapies develops new cell-based tissue models and test systems, scalable production processes and biological vascularized implants up to prototypes.


Handling premature babies with lung diseases with care

Premature babies born before lung maturity often suffer from a lack of surfactant – a substance needed to develop the lungs. However, the inhalation systems available are not adapted to the needs of premature babies and newborns.


Interview with Professor Gerd Geisslinger

Professor Gerd Geisslinger is Health Research Officer of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. In the interview, he explains why Fraunhofer is predestined to tackle the problems in health research and to optimally link the four major fields – drugs, diagnostics, data and devices – with each other.