The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB addresses solutions to problems in the fields of biotechnology and environmental engineering, commissioned by the public and private sector.
One main line of emphasis lies in finding, identifying, and developing active substances using the methods of modern bio-engineering and molecular biology and in process development for biotechnological products; another is developing integrated environmental production and waste disposal schemes and new reclamation strategies.
The objective is always direct implementation of scientific results in cost-effective industrial products and processes. Development work is directed toward the requirements of both small and medium-sized enterprises, and larger companies, particularly in the chemical, pharmaceutical, food, metalworking and plating, membrane manufacturing, and mechanical engineering industries. Local authorities also call on the services of the Fraunhofer IGB.
The Institute´s specific know-how is concentrated in the R&D competence centers for »biotechnology, genetic engineering and cell biology«, »environmental biotechnology« and »membrane and interfacial engineering«. By using synergy effects, the Institute is able to find innovative solutions to complex multidisciplinary problems.
Cooperation with university helps to encourage pure research and further develop core fields of competence. Collaboration between microbiologists, molecular biologists, cell biologists, chemists, biochemists, physicists, engineers and process technology experts means that development projects are seen through from the preliminary stages to a finished process.
Over 160 people are employed, working in more than 5,300 m² of laboratories, technical installations, and "thinking space".
Fraunhofer-Institut Grenzflächen- und Bioverfahrenstechnik
Further information: http://www.igb.fhg.de/