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  • On September 20, Dr. Holger Ziehr, Division Director of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at Fraunhofer ITEM, was appointed Honorary Professor of Applied Biochemistry at TU Braunschweig. He has been holding a teaching assignment at TU Braunschweig for the past 12 years already and is planning to continue his lectures. In addition, a Fraunhofer laboratory that will be at the disposal of the Fraunhofer ITEM Division of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology in the future, is currently being set up in the Biocenter of TU Braunschweig. We look forward to further intensifying our collaborative ties with TU Braunschweig!

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  • The campaign InnoHealth China is led by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and part of the fourth phase of the International Research Marketing initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The application period for the Call for Ideas & Innovation is September 16 – December 16, 2019.

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  • REMADYL, a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Program, aims at the removal of legacy substances from polyvinylchloride (PVC) via a continuous and sustainable extrusion process, providing a means for circular economy/use of PVC material. The project team includes 15 European partners, bringing together a set of multidisciplinary skills and expertise to jointly pursue the set project goal. One of the participants is Fraunhofer, namely Fraunhofer ICT and Fraunhofer ITEM. Fraunhofer ITEM will be contributing to the process by (process-accompanied) contaminant assessment and the compilation of a best-practice guide with focus on occupational health and safety during handling of the final product and by-products.

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  • Dr. Sven Schuchardt, Head of the Fraunhofer ITEM Department of Bio and Environmental Analytics, is one of the founding members of the German Society for Metabolome Research (DGMet). On May 14, 2019, he was elected treasurer of the new organization.

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  • The success of the state capital of Lower Saxony in the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments prompted the city to launch the campaign “Hannover – city of excellence” to present itself on the national stage. As a representative of excellent research in Hannover and partner in the cluster of excellence Hearing4all, Fraunhofer ITEM is one of the protagonists in this campaign.

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  • The assessment of endocrine activity of chemicals is receiving much public attention. Clear criteria for their identification, however, had been missing in the past. In 2018, the guidance for the identification of endocrine disruptors (ED) came into force. It lays down the implementation of ED criteria in the context of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR).

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