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.
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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.