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New Research Institute of the Fraunhofer EMB in Lübeck

In the Hamburg Metropolitan Region, the Fraunhofer Institute for Marine Biotechnology inaugurated its new building with high-tech laboratories and aquacultures

Lübeck is now home to one of Schleswig-Holstein’s most advanced research facilities. In late April, the Fraunhofer EMB movedinto the new campus building erected between the University of Applied Sciences of Lübeck and the University of Lübeck. The new institute features labs with modern equipment, aquaculture installations, a food technology centre, and biobanks with full state-of-the-art technologies. Founded in 2008, the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Marine Biotechnology has been co-operating with companies to develop new therapeutic approaches for regenerative medicine, new culture systems for cells of higher organisms and novel test systems for pharmaceutical, cosmetic and ecological applications. The institute‘s core competences lie in handling cellular in vitro systems and in molecular biology, protein biochemistry, cellular and marine biology research methods.

Schleswig-Holstein’s Prime Minister Torsten Albig said: “Places like the Fraunhofer Institution for Marine Biotechnology consolidate Schleswig-Holstein’s reputation as a pioneer in blue research and growth. I wish the Fraunhofer Research Facility for Marine Biotechnology good luck and success in its efforts to develop a recognised institute.”

X-Ray Microscope, 3D-Printers, and modern Laboratories

By moving into the new building, EMB’s laboratory and office space will almost quadruple from formerly 1,400 square metres to today’s 5,000. The technical re-equipment includes an X-ray microscope, a small animal MRT and various 3D printer of the latest generation, which will be used to develop new laboratory equipment. The new garage annex is housing a research truck and a mobile laboratory already used in Norway. In the port of Lübeck, the research vessel “Joseph von Fraunhofer” is moored.

Europe’s largest Archive of Living Cell Cultures

During the inauguration ceremony, guided tours allowed to visit the hall of “Cryo Brehm”. The “Cryo Brehm” is Europe’s largest archive of live cell cultures of rare wild and domestic animals. A second tour of the new building showcased workshops, laboratories, and an impressive pilot plant for multitrophic aquaculture. In the pilot plant, algae, mussels, and fish are sharing a the same water cycle, and thus provide resources for the food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries ashore. A wave simulation pool and a high pressure chamber also open new research opportunities for the maritime technology.

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