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  • European scientists develop a multimodular microchip platform for predicting the behaviour of nanomaterials in the body / 2016

    Multi-organ platform for risk assessment of nanomaterials

    Press Release / 23.11.2016

    In April 2016, the international, interdisciplinary research project "HISENTS" started, in which eleven partners from business and science developed new innovative methods to evaluate the behavior of nanoparticles in the body in detail and to better predict and quantify the resulting risks for humans. The Fraunhofer IBMT is making a major contribution to this project by designing, fabricating and validating the microchip-based multi-organ platform.

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  • Medica 2016: An alternative to implant batteries and induction / 2016

    Ultrasound technology wirelessly powers active implants

    Press Release / 4.10.2016

    Unlike drugs, active implants such as electroceuticals act locally, have fewer side effects and function directly through electrical signals, much like the body itself. At the Medica 2016 trade fair in Düsseldorf, Fraunhofer researchers will be presenting a new technology platform that can power active implants wirelessly via ultrasound (Hall 10, Booth G05). The experts are targeting widespread diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and Parkinson’s.

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  • Project NanoUmwelt / 2016

    Detecting Minute Nano Amounts in Environmental Samples

    Presseinformation / 28.4.2016

    © Photo Fraunhofer IBMT.

    Ausschnitt einer Transmissionselektronenmikroskopische Aufnahme einer menschlichen Fettzelle. Oben: unbehandelte Zelle (= ohne Nanopartikel). Unten: Zelle nach Behandlung mit Gold-Nanopartikeln. Die Partikel reichern sich in den Fetttropfen der Zelle an.

    It is still unclear what the impact is on humans, animals and plants of synthetic nanomaterials released into the environment or used in products. It’s very difficult to detect these nanomaterials in the environment since the concentrations are so low and the particles so small. Now the partners in the NanoUmwelt project have developed a method that is capable of identifying even minute amounts of nanomaterials in environmental samples.

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  • EBiSC - European Bank for induced pluripotent Stem Cells / 2016

    Launch of new European Stem Cell Bank

    Presseinformation (nur Englisch) / 23.3.2016

    © Photo Fraunhofer IBMT, Bernd Müller.

    Automated, ice-free biobank with closed cold chain (ASKION GmbH) installed at the EBiSC mirror facility in Sulzbach.

    EBiSC, the European Bank for induced pluripotent Stem Cells announces the public launch of its on-line catalogue of induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) which are available to academic and commercial scientists for use in disease modelling and other forms of pre-clinical research. The Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT contributes by developing technologies for cell culture automation, safe manipulation of cells, rapid, cost-efficient and extremely consistent screening processes and its expertise in the field of cryorepository and biobank technology, e. g., innovative freezing methods and xeno-free media for the cryopreservation of therapeutically relevant cell systems. A mirror bank is established at the Fraunhofer IBMT in Sulzbach, Germany.

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