At Fraunhofer ITEM, researchers develop methods and possibilities for the preparation, analysis and visualization of biomedical data, as well as data models and data analysis pipelines. The focus of our research is on the mapping of cellular and regulatory processes and their translation into applications for humans. Bioinformatics methods are used, for example, for personalized tumor therapy to develop optimized testing strategies and for research on RNAs as diagnostic biomarkers and therapeutic targets. For personalized therapies or for patient stratification, the knowledge gained from big data is key to identifying adequate treatment strategies. Stratification also plays a major role for hazard and risk assessment of chemicals, nanomaterials, and environmental exposure, as the sensitivity to noxious agents differs between subpopulations.
In addition, the Fraunhofer researchers are using bioinformatics and artificial intelligence to advance towards intelligent image data analysis and are further developing this technology, so as to optimize the analysis of histological images and support clinical processes.