THE FOUNDING SPIRIT FOR CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY
Bringing technological innovations to the economy and society – this is the mission of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Artificial-intelligence-based tumor detection, self-driving trucks on the highway, and real-time control of production facilities using the 5G mobile communications, such developments would be inconceivable without a properly functioning transfer of research findings into industry applications.
The right founding spirit and entrepreneurial thinking, coupled with scientific excellence, are the most important building blocks here. Only in this way can we adequately meet the key social challenges of today and tomorrow, such as structural transformation, sustainability and climate issues, digitalization and the consequences of demographic developments.
A well-functioning exchange between experts at the interface between science and industry is crucial in order to transfer research knowledge quickly and effectively into new products and services. This can be done through direct research cooperation, through targeted training and further education measures or through promising technology spin-offs.
Innovations are increasingly being developed in an interdisciplinary manner. With world-class, high-tech researchers of an entrepreneurial mindset, Fraunhofer brings successful spin-offs to the markets – more than 480 since 2000 – a true founding spirit for cutting-edge technology. Spin-offs are a key vehicle for the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft to exploit its intellectual property rights. They are an important and, above all, effective bridge between research and business and a direct catalyst for the transfer of innovation.