If built up successfully, the recently launched Fraunhofer Project Center for Biopharmaceutical Research in South Korea can move towards becoming a Fraunhofer Center, integrated within a Fraunhofer subsidiary – Fraunhofer Korea Research. The Fraunhofer Senate passed a resolution to negotiate the establishment of a Fraunhofer subsidiary with the Korean funding bodies.
South Korea is one of the most dynamic and economically stable countries in Asia, enjoying economic growth of over 6 percent. It is an important trading partner for Europe, with Germany’s exports to South Korea worth 14.3 billion dollars. A free-trade agreement between the EU and South Korea – the first of its kind with an Asian country – has been in place since July 2011.
Germany does not only export to South Korea, it is also one of the biggest investors in the country. German pharmaceutical and chemical companies have been a prominent fixture in South Korea for quite some time, and it is this industry’s interest in South Korea that makes it attractive to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. In order to be able to offer competent advice and research services, it is not only essential for Fraunhofer to collaborate with the best international research groups. As an applied research organization it follows its export oriented clients and must also familiarize itself with markets’ cultural characteristics and specific requirements.
This international commitment is paying off. During the 2011 fiscal year, Fraunhofer’s revenues from international partners and the European Union totaled 200 million euros – excluding license fees – representing growth of 14 percent over 2010. In Asia, revenues rose by 5.3 percent to 18 million euros. This rise reflects above all strong business relationships with Japan, China and South Korea.
The region is not only interesting from an economic point of view. Asian countries are investing more and more in education and research, and their potential for innovation is rising rapidly. Those not wanting to miss out on this progression need to have a local presence and be seeking dialog and active collaboration.International experience as a recipe for success
In South Korea, the Fraunhofer Project Center for Biopharmaceutical Research was recently launched in the South Jeollanamdo province. This Project Center is being set up by the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME. It is financed by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), which has identified biotechnology as one of the most important growth markets of the 21st century.
Dr. Raoul Klingner | Fraunhofer Research News
Cebit 2018: Saarbrücken Start-up combines Tinkering and Programming for Elementary School Kids
05.06.2018 | Universität des Saarlandes
The classroom of tomorrow – DFKI and TUK open lab for new digital teaching and learning methods
03.05.2018 | Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH, DFKI
Moving into its fourth decade, AchemAsia is setting out for new horizons: The International Expo and Innovation Forum for Sustainable Chemical Production will take place from 21-23 May 2019 in Shanghai, China. With an updated event profile, the eleventh edition focusses on topics that are especially relevant for the Chinese process industry, putting a strong emphasis on sustainability and innovation.
Founded in 1989 as a spin-off of ACHEMA to cater to the needs of China’s then developing industry, AchemAsia has since grown into a platform where the latest...
The BMBF-funded OWICELLS project was successfully completed with a final presentation at the BMW plant in Munich. The presentation demonstrated a Li-Fi communication with a mobile robot, while the robot carried out usual production processes (welding, moving and testing parts) in a 5x5m² production cell. The robust, optical wireless transmission is based on spatial diversity; in other words, data is sent and received simultaneously by several LEDs and several photodiodes. The system can transmit data at more than 100 Mbit/s and five milliseconds latency.
Modern production technologies in the automobile industry must become more flexible in order to fulfil individual customer requirements.
An international team of scientists has discovered a new way to transfer image information through multimodal fibers with almost no distortion - even if the fiber is bent. The results of the study, to which scientist from the Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology Jena (Leibniz IPHT) contributed, were published on 6thJune in the highly-cited journal Physical Review Letters.
Endoscopes allow doctors to see into a patient’s body like through a keyhole. Typically, the images are transmitted via a bundle of several hundreds of optical...
Light detection and control lies at the heart of many modern device applications, such as smartphone cameras. Using graphene as a light-sensitive material for...
Water molecules exist in two different forms with almost identical physical properties. For the first time, researchers have succeeded in separating the two forms to show that they can exhibit different chemical reactivities. These results were reported by researchers from the University of Basel and their colleagues in Hamburg in the scientific journal Nature Communications.
From a chemical perspective, water is a molecule in which a single oxygen atom is linked to two hydrogen atoms. It is less well known that water exists in two...
13.06.2018 | Event News
08.06.2018 | Event News
05.06.2018 | Event News
18.06.2018 | Earth Sciences
18.06.2018 | Process Engineering
18.06.2018 | Life Sciences