One major structural feature of the research alliance Leibniz Health Technologies is the targeted cross-disciplinary collaboration of institutes from different sections of the Leibniz Association. The alliance profits from the proven expertise and excellence of its members.
The partners have the opportunity to provide the context of a stringent research profile for their own research activities in this area and optimally analyze the research results while taking strategic objectives into consideration. Via institutionally embedded interfaces within the research alliance, a fast translation of the results can be ensured. At the same time, accompanying research can help recognize potential dangers and conflicts early to carry out the required corrections in the research agenda.
The Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) focuses on the research of highly-sensitive and highly-selective optical system solutions regarding issues in the areas of medicine and the life and environmental sciences. The research activities are guided by the motto of “Photonics for Life”; however, the internal research focus biophotonics links all of the scientific activities at IPHT.
Together with the internal research focuses fiber optics and photonic detection, new photonic methods are being transferred into application-oriented, innovative systems according to the motto “From Ideas to Instruments.” IPHT relies on its unique technological position in the areas of micro/nanotechnology, fiber technology, and system technology. Due to its method and process research, IPHT contributes significantly to advancements in socio-politically relevant fields.
The Research Center Borstel (FZ Borstel) is a basic research and application-oriented research institute for medicine and biosciences with a concentration in lung research. Through its hospital and membership in the German Center for Lung Research, the FZB has access to human sample materials (biobank) and constant input and feedback from clinicians regarding medically relevant issues and unmet medical needs. Distinct expertise is available at FZB in the isolation, characterization, and activation of human cells and tissues; in the clarification of molecular pathomechanisms and the identification and characterization of participating mediators; in the development of biochemical assays, detection and capturing systems, and in animal models of different lung diseases and their exacerbation.
The Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute (HKI) focuses on the research of natural products that have a biological mediator function, serve as a source of medication (e.g., antibiotics), and also possibly participate in the development of infectious diseases. In the field of infection biology, HKI researches the strategies pathogenic fungi develop to conquer the immune system. In addition to fundamentally-oriented topics, this research serves the development of new diagnostic and intervention strategies. The participating groups have experience with animal models, the analysis of natural products and proteins via MS/MS, immunoproteomics, and the development of ELISAs.
The Leibniz Institute for Innovative Microelectronics (IHP) is a research institute in the microelectronics sector with a focus on radio and broadband communication. Through its expertise in materials research, semiconductor technology, circuit design, and system development, IHP has a closed innovation chain – from the silicon process to the demonstrator – available at its fingertips. Thus, IHP links fundamental research with applied research and follows strategic goals. IHP is an internationally recognized research and innovation center for silicon germanium technologies.
The Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences e.V. (ISAS) is a research institute with the goal of developing analytical technologies in their function as components of scientific, social, and economic advancement. By combining expertise from chemistry, biology, physics, and computer science, ISAS scientists make things measurable that to date have been immeasurable. The research focus is on providing methods for the multi-parameter analysis of biological materials. With these innovations, it is ISAS’ goal to improve the prevention and early diagnosis of diseases and ultimately facilitate faster and more precise treatment. Excellent cross-disciplinary research, qualification of young researchers, and the transfer of results to science, industry, and the public are the key objectives in the implementation of ISAS’ research contract.
The Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research Dresden (IPF) carries out comprehensive materials research from the synthesis and modification of polymers to characterization and theoretical understanding to processing and testing. They primarily address issues resulting from applications; these issues can generally be solved via the targeted control of the interface properties. As part of the Max Bergmann Center for Biomaterials, the focus of IPF’s research is, therefore, on the biology-inspired design of functional materials for medical technology (e.g., for organ replacement, in vitro expansion, the differentiation of stem cells, and regenerative therapy). In addition, molecular functions of nature (e.g., molecular recognition, adaptability/self-healing, and adhesion control) are ported in materials for non-medical technologies, as well as the system integration of biomimetic materials for applications, for example, in sensor technology and information technology.
The Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials (DWI) combines macromolecular chemistry, biotechnology, and process technology to research molecular materials that exhibit active and interactive properties (e.g., responsiveness, switchability/bistability, adaptiveness, or the ability to make autonomous movements). The foci are water-based and biohybrid materials and their surface, separation, and transport functionality. In the field of biomedical technology, the focus is on the controlled interaction of proteins, cells, and microbes with surfaces. Application fields include carriers for the local and time-controlled release of drugs, biohybrid detectors, biohybrid implants, and antimicrobial interfaces and surfaces. DWI directs its attention to the translation from basic knowledge to applications.
The Ferdinand Braun Institute, Leibniz Institute for High-Frequency Technology (FBH) researches components, modules, and systems on the basis of compound semiconductors as key components of microwave technology and optoelectronics. FBH is a competency center for very bright high-power diode lasers and hybrid laser systems. Applications include material processing, medical technology, precision measurement technology, sensor technology, and satellite communication. In addition, FBH is also an internationally recognized competency center for III/V semiconductor technology. FBH’s competencies cover the entire bandwidth from design to the production and characterization of devices. In close cooperation with industrial partners, research results are transferred to high-performance products. FBH also implements promising product ideas with the help of spin-off companies. This cooperation between FBH and its strategic industrial partners contributes to the safeguarding of Germany’s leading technological role in the field of microwave technology and optoelectronics.
The Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors (IfADo) focuses on the research field of toxicology, for which a comprehensive analysis and quantification of tissue changes is required. IfADo optimizes photonic imaging methods to make these technologies utilizable for routine clinical/medical applications. From this research, methods based on multi-photon microscopy have already been developed that make the quantification of liver and tumor tissue possible.
The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is committed to fundamental research in astrophysics and is also assigned with the transfer of knowledge and technology. In this context, AIP is involved in the development of optical technologies and instruments as part of the Leibniz research alliance. AIP’s core competencies include the design, development, and application of complex instruments on telescopes, in particular for imaging, spectroscopy, and polarimetry. They comprise optics, mechanics, electronics, and software for control technology and image data processing. The Center for Innovation Competence innoFSPEC located at AIP specializes in fiber-optic spectroscopy and sensor technology and focuses on the development of photonics for measurement technology (e.g., with integrated optics and fiber optics).
The Leibniz Institute of Plasma Science and Technology e.V. (INP) investigates cold plasmas for scientific and industrial purposes. They test and develop photonic technologies with cross-disciplinary diagnostics from the fields of physics, biochemistry, and microbiology for applications, for example, in therapeutics and the inactivation of pathogens. This is carried out in technical, physical, micro and cell biological laboratories.
The Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM) in Saarbrucken performs application-oriented fundamental research in the field of materials science. INM is a not-for-profit LLP located on the University of Saarland campus. INM’s research is divided into three fields: nanocomposite technology, interface materials, and biointerfaces. These research fields are complemented by two comprehensive cross-disciplinary areas: on the one hand, Innovative Electron Microscopy addresses the further development of electron microscopy and method research in the area of modeling and simulation; on the other hand, the Innovation Center INM cooperates with international industrial partners to pursue the fast and efficient transfer of knowledge and technology.
The Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS), which is located in central Berlin, performs project-oriented research in applied mathematics. Via modeling, analysis, stochastics, and simulation, WIAS wants to contribute to solving complex problems in economics, science, and technology. WIAS also focuses its research on six application fields, ranging from nano and optoelectronics to flow calculations, transport, and material modeling.
WIAS is a member of the Research Alliance Berlin e.V. and thus one of eight scientifically independent Leibniz institutes from the natural, life, and environmental sciences that share an administrative infrastructure in this alliance.