Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI

We transfer biomedical research into the clinic.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI investigates and develops solutions to specific problems at the interfaces of medicine, life sciences and engineering. One of the institute‘s main tasks is to conduct contract research for companies, hospitals, diagnostic laboratories and research institutes operating in the field of biotechnology, pharma­ceuticals and medical engineering.

The Fraunhofer IZI develops, optimizes and validates methods, materials and products within the business fields cell and gene therapy, drugs and vaccines, molecular diagnostics and immunodiagnostics, as well as extracorporeal therapies. Its areas of competence lie in cell biology, immunology, drug biochemistry, bioanalytics and bioproduction as well as process development and automation. Research in these areas is centered around developments in immuno-oncology and infectious disease pathology. The S3 safety laboratory allows research and development activities to be conducted and highly pathogenic agents investigated under biosafety level 3 conditions.

The institute works in close cooperation with hospital institutions and performs quality tests besides manufacturing investigational medicinal products in line with GMP requirements. Furthermore, it supports partners in developing processes for the pharmaceutical production of ATMPs and biologicals, for example by helping them to obtain manufacturing licenses.


Latest press releases


State government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern supports research into extracorporeal therapy systems

In close cooperation with the Rostock University Medical Center and various academic and industrial partners, the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI is conducting intensive research on extracorporeal therapy systems.
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Development and evaluation of an MRI-guided focused ultrasound system to improve radiation therapy for cancer

Researchers at the ICCAS of the University of Leipzig and the Fraunhofer IZI were able to show that a significant reduction in tumor growth is achieved by combining targeted induced hyperthermia and radiation treatment.
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Fraunhofer IZI research project nominated for "HUGO JUNKERS PRIZE for Research and Innovation from Saxony-Anhalt"

The Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI conducts research on neurodegenerative and inflammatory diseases at its Halle (Saale) site. With their approach of using endogenous retroviruses as target structures for new therapies against neurological diseases, the scientists qualified for the finals of this year's HUGO JUNKERS AWARD in the category "Most Innovative Basic Research Projects".
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Prof. Dr. Dr. Ulrike Köhl elected to the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig

During the Public Spring Session of the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig, in the Festival Hall of the Old Town Hall, Professor Ulrike Köhl, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI, was admitted to the Academy of Sciences in Leipzig as one of three new members on April 14, 2023.
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The Fraunhofer IZI offers its partners and guests space for communication.

Utilize our modern and representative premises for your event. The generously proportioned and modern space offered at the Institute provides space for, e. g., workshops, symposia, conferences and lectures.



Fraunhofer Prize for “Human- and Environment-Centered Technology” 2021

For a vaccine production process that is faster, more efficient and more environmentally friendly.


Fraunhofer lighthouse project

Automated production technologies for mRNA-based drugs


Saxon future cluster



Annual report 2022/23

The annual report gives you an insight into the structure of the Fraunhofer IZI, our services, important events and publications, offers, as well as selected project examples.

Research projects funded by the EU

Research projects at Fraunhofer IZI that are supported by the Land of Saxony / Saxony-Anhalt / Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania using funds provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


Research areas and core competencies

The Fraunhofer IZI offers R&D services for pharmaceutical, biotechnological and medical technology companies as well as for partners from research institutions, hospitals and diagnostic laboratories.

Jobs / career

We keep you informed on current job offers at the Fraunhofer IZI. Find out about the possibilities the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft could offer you as an employer.


We gladly provide our clients and partners as well as the interested public with information on our research activities.



Fraunhofer IZI


Perlickstraße 1
04103 Leipzig

Phone +49 341 35536-1000
Fax +49 341 35536-8-1000


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