Bodies and networks

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is one of the world’s major international research organizations. An undertaking of this size and significance needs a decentralized organizational structure which nevertheless incorporates line functions that allow it to develop an efficient strategic orientation on the basis of centralized control mechanisms.

Board of trustees

The boards of trustees of the individual Fraunhofer Institutes act as purely advisory bodies to their institute’s management. The members come from academia, industry, and government agencies. In 2016, the Fraunhofer ITEM board of trustees was made up of the following members:


Dr. Eckhard von Keutz

Chairman of the board of trustees, Senior Vice President, Global Head Early Development, Bayer HealthCare AG


Prof. Dr. Christopher Baum

Deputy Chairman of the board of trustees, President and member of the Presidential Council responsible for the Division of Research and Teaching of the Hannover Medical School


Dr. Marcus Beiner

Deputy Head of the Department Research and Innovation, Head of the Division of Life Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sustainable Development, Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture


Prof. Dr. Dieter Bitter-Suermann

Former President and member of the Presidential Council responsible for the Division of Research and Teaching of the Hannover Medical School


Prof. Dr. Ulrich Deschl

Head of Nonclinical Drug Safety, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG


Prof. Dr. Paul-Georg Germann

Head Preclinical Safety Germany, AbbVie Deutschland GmbH


Prof. Dr. Thomas Jung

Executive Director, Jung & Partners GmbH, Switzerland


Dr. Günther Karmann

Executive Director, Karmann Consulting GmbH


Prof. Dr. Hillel S. Koren

Managing Director, Environmental Health, LLC; former Director Human Studies Division, United States Environmental Protection Agency; Research Professor Carolina Environmental Program, University of Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA


Dr. Edgar Leibold

Vice President Product Stewardship, BASF SE


Prof. Prof. h. c. Dr. med. Thomas Lenarz

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, and Director of Deutsches HörZentrum, Hannover Medical School


Prof. Dr. Reinhard Pabst

Lower Saxony Professorship in Immunomorphology, Hannover Medical School


Prof. Dr. Klaus F. Rabe

Medical Director and Executive Medical Officer, LungenClinic Grosshansdorf; Endowed Professorship in Internal Medicine/Pneumology, Faculty of Medicine, Kiel University


Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schlüter

Consultant in toxicology; former Global Head Toxicology, Bayer HealthCare AG


Dr. Thor A. Voigt

Medical Director Germany, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG


Dr. Torsten Wagner

Senior Vice President, Corporate Technical Operations, Merz Pharma GmbH & Co. KGaA



Cooperation partners and networks

Fraunhofer ITEM closely collaborates with public and industry partners. Our active participation in cooperative activities and networks puts us in a position to solve cross-disciplinary problems even beyond the scope of our institute.

Within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, we make use of the expertise and experience of partner institutes, in particular within the Fraunhofer Group for Life Sciences. Seven out of 67 Fraunhofer Institutes are involved in this Group, including Fraunhofer ITEM. Drawing on this pooled knowledge, the Group develops custom-made solutions and services for clients from industry, SMBs, and academia.


Fraunhofer Group for Life Sciences

International cooperation partners and networks

National cooperation partners and networks