Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI


Business field

Cell and gene therapy


Business field

Drugs and vaccines


Business field

Molecular diagnostics and immunodiagnostics


Business field

Extracorporeal therapies

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


Optimizing immunotherapies against malignant melanoma with artificial intelligence

Together with Leipzig University Hospital and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI is researching the AI-based development of a tumor-specific CAR T-cell immunotherapy for the treatment of malignant melanoma.
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National Strategy for Gene- and Cell-Based Therapies

Together, stakeholders from science, business, politics and society have developed a strategy paper to improve the translation of new research findings into medical care applications. The results were presented to Federal Minister of Education and Research, Bettina Stark-Watzinger, at the Futurium in Berlin on 12 June 2024.
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New agent for the treatment of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases

On 1 July, the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology and Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg launched a multi-centre confirmatory preclinical study to evaluate the therapeutic effectiveness of a new agent for the treatment of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases.
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Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology wins an award in the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern competition for ideas for the healthcare industry

On 2 May 2024, Reinhard Meyer, minister for economic affairs of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, presented the awards to the winners of the “Innovative ideas for the healthcare sector” competition, in the state’s capital, Schwerin. The seven winners included a project proposal by Fraunhofer IZI’s Rostock Department of Extracorporeal Therapy. The successful project was “mi4ASSESS-MED – A marketing and innovation strategy to strengthen the market position and competitiveness of ASSESS-MED”.
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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 2023/24

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.



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