Fraunhofer ITEM – pioneers for sustainable health

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Pioneers for sustainable health: Human health is at the center of our research - for more than four decades now.

Fraunhofer ITEM aims to protect man from health hazards in our industrialized world and to contribute to the development of novel therapeutic approaches. Focusing on lung and inhalation, Fraunhofer ITEM has pooled its expertise in three business areas:

In the business area Drug Development, we develop and test novel medications against respiratory diseases – in particular asthma, hay fever, COPD, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and infections. Scientific expertise covers manufacturing of biologics, preclinical and clinical development.

In the business area Chemical Safety and Assessment we determine the risks from potentially harmful substances and support the development of new products to protect human health and the environment. Scientific expertise includes toxicology testing, exposure assessment, analytical methods, regulatory research and risk assessment.

The business area Translational Biomedical Engineering offers many years of experience in the development of medical devices – specifically medical aerosolizers and neuro-implants – including testing and testing scenarios, safety and risk assessment.

All business areas offer regulatory support. Numerous test systems are available, including in-vitro, ex-vivo, in-vivo and in-silico models Studies can be performed in compliance with GXP regulations.

A Regensburg-based division is dedicated to personalized tumor therapy including development of diagnostic tests to enable early detection of disseminated cancer cells and prediction of the response to therapy of metastatic progenitor cells.

Fraunhofer ITEM is one of 76 institutes and research institutions of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the world’s leading applied research organization.

About the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

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The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is a recognized non-profit organization that takes its name from Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787–1826), the illustrious Munich researcher, inventor and entrepreneur.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, based in Germany, is the world’s leading applied research organization. By prioritizing key technologies for the future and commercializing its findings in business and industry, it plays a major role in the innovation process. A trailblazer and trendsetter in innovative developments and research excellence, it is helping shape our society and our future. Founded in 1949, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft currently operates 76 institutes and research units throughout Germany.

Around 30,800 employees, predominantly scientists and engineers, work with an annual research budget of roughly €3.0 billion, €2.6 billion of which is designated as contract research.

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