Theranostics, the combination of therapeutics and diagnostics in a medical system is becoming increasingly important for complex, multifunctional medical products. The registration of specific vital parameters and their multivariate analysis and evaluation in a multidimensional feature space form the diagnostic basis for the respectively necessary therapeutic measures. Their efficacy is often further optimized in a closed loop. The Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering has all the necessary key technologies and resources to develop, produce and test such innovative systems including the required miniaturized sensors and actuators up to the licensing stage. This includes, in particular, clean room, measurement labs, electronics and software labs, precision-mechanics workshop and biotechnological labs, right up to S3 labs as well as the integration into health information systems including the necessary device technology and highly qualified staff. There is also extensive know-how of the aspects that have to be taken into account at the development stage for the future licensing as a medical product with the corresponding regulatory affairs including risk management and all the necessary documentation.

In view of the growing significance of theranostic systems for medical patient care and their high innovation potential, in summer 2015 all of the competences at the Fraunhofer IBMT in this area were bundled in a single business area "Theranostics". This means that the existing synergies can be harnessed to an even greater extent than up to now on an interdepartmental and inter-working group basis and joint project groups for the handling of natinal and international research projects can be built. With the bundling of the expertise of the whole institute and the clear representation of the individual profiles in the business area, the collaboration with external scientific partners and industrial companies has been optimized further. The realization of R&D projects takes place in successive phases including scientific-technical advice, feasibility study, prototype development and optimization of manufacturing technologies.

The Fraunhofer lead project "Theranostic Implants" and the innovation cluster INTAKT, funded by the BMBF, are important concerns of the business unit. The project, coordinated by the Fraunhofer IBMT, serves to develop, manufacture, characterize and preclinically evaluate a new generation of active networked implants. The aim is to develop an universal basic technology in order to generate a large number of medical applications. The bundling of the excellence of the 17 partners from research, clinic and industry, the realization of the entire implementation chain in the consortium and the consideration of ethical, legal and social implications are prerequisites for the successful development of the innovative systems. .

Expertise and Reference Projects


Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project "Theranostic Implants"

Twelve Fraunhofer Institutes led by the Fraunhofer IBMT develop intelligent implants, combining therapeutic and diagnostic functions in a single medical device.  


Active Implants

Implants always need to consider biocompatibility and biostability issues, patient security, reliability over the complete service life and compatibility with other medical and non-medical devices as well as efficient and space-saving powering, wireless power and data transfer between external and implanted modules.


Medical Engineering & Neuroprosthetics

Development, manufacturing and application of intelligent, implantable assistance systems including questions of Regulatory Affairs and a development-accompanying risk management system.  



Development of modules and systems for the wireless transmission of biological and physiological signals for bio-monitoring and remote control of active medical implants as well as wireless transmission of energy for the operation of medical implants.






Wireless energy and data transmission for the highly sensitive actuation of a hand prosthesis by means of omplanted impulse derivation at the muscle.






Implantable, elastic nanofunctionalized polysiloxane structures for applications in neuroprosthetics.