Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering

The Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT acts as a device and technology developer when it comes to the solution of individual research and development projects and tasks from the areas of biomedical/medical engineering, medical (molecular and cellular) biotechnology, biohybrid technology, bioprocessing & bioanalytics, cryo(bio)technology and nano(bio)technology, ultrasound technology, biomedical microsystems, neuroprosthetics and implants, health information systems, theranostics, (mobile) laboratory technology as well as laboratory automation including in-line/on-line process control. For more than 10 years, Fraunhofer IBMT has been working in the field of stem cell research and hosting extensive cell line stocks in industrial and clinically structured biobanks for low temperature storage of valuable samples (fluids, cells, tissue fragments).

360° tour - A virtual tour through laboratories and premises of the Fraunhofer IBMT at Sulzbach

Core Competences

Research and Development


Stem Cell & Cryo Technology


Bioprocessing & Bioanalytics




Biomedical Engineering


Fraunhofer Project Center for Stem Cell Process Engineering


Environmental Specimen Bank - Human Samples


Fraunhofer Center for Sensor Intelligence ZSI

Current Topics



Intelligent and flexible ultrasonic sensor system based on the modular principle

Fraunhofer ZSI: Project »SonoOne«



Brain stimulation with 3D Ultrasound to treat neurological diseases and conditions

Medical engineering



Bioreactor research processes and cryotechnologies improve active ingredient tests using human cell cultures

Drug discovery for new therapies: R2U-Tox Assay - Ready-to-use-Toxicity Assay



Fraunhofer IBMT signs MoUs with KCL and KIST Europe

Joint research on nanosafety assessment technologies for global regulatory measures, development of new alternative in vitro testing methods, biobanking and cryopreservation.



"CombiDiag": Network of young scientists for research into a combinatorial diagnostics of Alzheimer’s disease

Fraunhofer IBMT Partner in the EU-Project "CombiDiag"


Development of a miniaturized lung and kidney support device for critically ill newborns

Fraunhofer IBMT Partner in the EU Project "ArtPlac"


Bidirectional control of prosthetic hands using ultrasonic sensors

Fraunhofer IBMT in the EU-Project SOMA - Neuroprostetics


Development and validation of a software platform for the prevention, detection and analysis of cyberattacks in the healthcare sector

Fraunhofer IBMT Partner in the EU Project "AI4HealthSec"


Human-machine interface stops muscle tremors

Neuromedicine - Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT Partner in the  EU Joint Project EXTEND


A new EBiSC iPSC-derived neuronal cell product simplifies neuroscience research

The European Bank for induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (EBiSC) is happy to announce a new iPSC derived neuronal cell product - EBiSC-NEUR1 which can be used directly from thaw for downstream applications.


A new generation of microimplants

A new generation of interactive microimplants developed by the innovation cluster INTAKT, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT helps as miniature assistants to stimulate in cases of tinnitus or digestive tract disorders or helps a person’s hand to regain the ability to grip.




Fraunhofer at MEDICA/COMPAMED 2022

BioSensoLab - Biological laboratory to go

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT have developed the “BioSensoLab“, a mobile biological laboratory with which they can demonstrate new developments to customers and test them together – on site at their companies.


Headquarters Sulzbach (Saarland)

Site St. Ingbert (Saarland)

Site Würzburg (Bavaria): Fraunhofer Project Center Stem Cell Process Engineering

Site Münster/Wolbeck (North Rhine-Westphalia): German Environmental Specimen Bank

Site Berlin (Berlin): IBMT Project Group Biomedical Data & Bioethics

Liaison Office Berlin (Berlin)