Press releases and news 2003

  • African sweetener

    Press release / December 01, 2003

    Natural substances discovered in tropical rainforests are often later produced using genetically modified organisms in industrial fermentation processes. But in Ghana, a facility will soon be set up to extract one of the world’s sweetest flavor enhancers from native plants.

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  • Artificial tissue from the test tube

    Press release / November 12, 2003

    Human tissue is often needed to repair injuries or treat certain diseases. Complications arising through tissue engineering are rare, because replacement tissue is grown from the patient’s own cells. The Fraunhofer IGB is now certified to manufacture tissue for cartilage transplants.

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  • Prize-winning nanotechnology for biochips

    Press release / November 04, 2003

    Biochips have become the tool of choice for automating drug and protein screening. Sven Knecht was awarded the 3rd Hugo-Geiger Prize 2003 of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for developing future methods of manufacturing biochips based on micro- and nano-technologies.

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  • Hugo Geiger Prize 2003

    Fraunhofer IGB News / November 01, 2003

    Sven Knecht from Fraunhofer IGB was awarded the third Hugo Geiger Prize 2003 and the Procter & Gamble Sponsorship Prize 2003 for his thesis.

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  • VPM GmbH, together with GBF, has licensed in its first project: a new, soluble beta-interferon that promises improved treatment of multiple sclerosis, the most common disease of the central nervous system. The substance was studied and developed in the laboratory by the Hannover-based Gene Technology Department of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) in Stuttgart.

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  • Another hope for multiple sclerosis patients

    Press release / August 01, 2003

    Multiple sclerosis is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system, treated successfully with the protein Interferon-beta. Researchers at Fraunhofer IGB have developed an improved Interferon-beta with enhanced solubility, bioavailability and pharmacokinetic stability. In June 2003, the US patent was granted, the European patent has been promised recently.

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  • Max Buchner University Prize 2003

    Fraunhofer IGB News / July 25, 2003

    Max Buchner University Prize 2003

    Kathrin Zeller was awarded the 2003 Max Buchner Prize for her thesis work in using a resistance chip to show spot mutations of Candida albicans.

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  • Optimized DNA chip for resistance research

    Press release / July 18, 2003

    Freqently, single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are responsible for the formation of resistances in pathogens. Researchers at Fraunhofer IGB have optimized a DNA chip, which enables the identification of such mutations in the ERG11 gene of the human pathogenic fungus Candida albicans.

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  • Identifying proteins with new microchip surfaces

    Press release / June 18, 2003

    Protein microchips can be used for the diagnosis of diseases. Researches at Fraunhofer IGB have developed a novel chip surface consisting of protein binding nanoparticles. These nanoparticles enable the direct enrichment and analysis by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry.

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