The Institute was founded in 1993, as one of the first Institutes of the Max Planck Society in reunified Germany. The main goal of the Institute was to research infectious diseases in close collaboration with universities and clinical units.
The first director appointed in 1993 was Prof. Stefan H. E. Kaufmann, followed by Prof. Thomas F. Meyer in 1994. The Institute commenced its operation with a small administrative unit in Berlin in spring 1994. A provisional laboratory facility was set up in the former Gynaecological Clinic of the Charité Hospital, and scientific research began in three laboratories in summer 1995. In 1996 the facility was expanded and two departments were established. The third director Prof. Arturo Zychlinsky was appointed in 2000.
After an architectural tender in 1994 the construction of the new building began in 1995, with the planned completion date in the end of 1999. Due to the difficult terrain at the campus Charité Mitte, construction continued until summer 2000. The inauguration took place in September 2000.
The Institute commenced its operation in a provisional laboratory facility and a small group of scientists that has greatly expanded over the years, and relocated to an especially built facility in summer 2000.
The new facility is located in the heart of Berlin on the historical Charité medical campus, where Robert Koch and Emil Behring had made their important discoveries paving the field of infection research, in close proximity to the Parliament house and the newly constructed government offices. The choice of the location was to support the goal of the Institute to research infectious diseases in close collaboration with universities and clinical units.
Max-Planck-Institut für Infektionsbiologie
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