Medical Engineering

Medical engineering in Germany is a stable sector with high growth and employment rates as well as a high export share, and functions as a driver of innovation for the whole healthcare sector. Due to its innovative products, Germany has a pioneer role in the international comparison. In order to ensure that this continues in the future, and that healthcare provision for the population can be maintained at a high level under the given societal challenges of demographic change, products with new perspectives for personalized medicine will have to be developed and produced highly dynamically, in very short development cycles or even "on demand". This can only be achieved by a translational, interdisciplinary and more efficient research and development which is perfectly tailored to the customer's needs.

The business area of Medical Engineering of the Fraunhofer IBMT supports clients with its inter-departmental translational overall concept being unique in the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft based on infrastructure, as well as excellent personnel and highly developed networks with over 30 years of experience in biomedical engineering.

To ensure easy and rapid market entry for our clients, regulatory aspects are considered in all project phases, and quality and risk management issues relevant for certification including documentation accompanies the project from start to finish. This ranges from cellular basic experiment by GMP-certified laboratories, through development-accompanying quality assurance according to MDD 93/42 EEC, over the licensing process for medical products including clinical studies, right up to certified production (ISO 9001/13485) and manufacturing development including customer-specific employee training and subsequent transfer to production.

The business area of Medical Engineering offers stakeholders a unique competence and technology portfolio: the development of hardware and software for medical products, systems for molecular diagnostics and therapy, microsystems, biohybrid and tissue engineering systems, optical, scalable acoustic and opto-acoustic imaging techniques and measurement systems, sensor manufacturing technologies, neuroprosthetic electrodes and systems, active implants, multilocal sensors, biotelemetry and wireless energy supply, right up to complete health information systems and medical networks for professional use or for end users. On this basis, and with the flexible structure of interdisciplinary project teams, customer-specific problems can be newly approached from many different perspectives. Ideas can be evaluated rapidly and solutions can be offered on a time and cost-efficient basis.

Fraunhofer IBMT is the "Hub for medical engineering in Germany" with excellent networking within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and external staff members being recognized experts in scientific organizations, at standardization bodies and user organizations, as well as actively lived cooperations with said bodies, authorities, clinicians and satisfied customers.

Expertise and Reference Projects


Biomedical Ultrasound

Ultrasound allows non-invasive and real-time imaging with resolutions down to the sub-millimetre range. Non-invasiveness, freedom from ionising radiation and relatively low procurement and operating costs and scalability makes ultrasound the most-used diagnostic imaging method worldwide.


Ultrasound Platform to increase the Precision of Diagnosis and Therapy Systems

The ultrasound research platform "DiPhAS-MRT" was developed especially for use for simultaneous imaging on the MR tomograph.


Biomedical Engineering

The spectrum comprises miniaturized intelligent medical engineering systems, microstructured implantable systems, theranostic implants as well as topics as wireless energy and signal transmission.


Biomedical Optics

Measurement and imaging concepts, development of instruments and tools, diagnostic and therapeutic evaluation of optical methods, up to the transfer of established biomedical methods into new fields of application using innovative technology (e. g., multiphoton microscopy and time-correlated single photon counting, TCSPC).


Biomonitoring & Biobanks

Development of groundbreaking platforms for the automation/standardization of processes of the pre-analytical and analytical phase right up to cryostorage of samples as well as the development of mobile laboratory units.


Laboratory Technology

In the medical context, the laboratory is a central element of diagnostics and an integral part of all areas of research, development and production. The necessary measurement and analysis technology ranges from the weighing scales to the gas chromatograph, from the slide rule to the mass spectrometer. These devices have to be regularly maintained and calibrated.


3D Visualization for Medicine and Biomedicine

Professional software and experienced staff for performing complex visualization projects in the areas of medicine, medical engineering and biotechnology.  


Cellular Bioprocessing

Platforms for the collection, preparation, conservation and distribution of bioreagents and clinical samples, automation of manual work sequences and cell-based assays, validation up to certification under suitable quality management systems (e. g., HIV-1 pseudoviruses or infectious HIV-1 clones in a fully automated system for the cultivation of eukaryotic cells, cell-based tests).



Innovative sterilization method allows electron beam in the low energy range (E-beam), the on-site sterilization of highly sensitive medical products, thermolabile plastics, sensitive electronics and functional biological materials. .


Central Biobank for Drug Research

For the development of new drugs it is crucial to work with stem cells, as these allow scientists to study the effects of new active pharmaceutical ingredients. But it has always been difficult to derive enough stem cells of the right quality and in the right timeframe. A central biobank is about to remedy the situation.



Although telemedicine could improve the quality of life of patients with chronic liver diseases, viable home care systems are still lacking. Scientists working on the EU-project “d-LIVER” mean to remedy this situation. Initial results have now been released.


Ultrasound Technology Made to Measure

The range of uses for ultrasound is gigantic; the applied technologies are just as diverse. Researchers are now covering a wide range of applications with a new modular system: From sonar systems to medical ultrasound technologies and all the way to the high-frequency range – such as for materials testing.