Department of Preclinical Development and Validation

The main goal of the Department of Preclinical Development and Validation is the concentration of expertise for the preclinical validation of novel therapeutic approaches at IZI, to maximize the efficiency in developing new in vitro or in vivo models and their application in preclinical studies. Since the department manages the GLP test facility of Fraunhofer IZI, all preclinical studies ( even those in other Fraunhofer IZI departments ) can be performed under GLP.

The department covers the following topics

  • Planning and execution of preclinical efficacy and safety studies for new drug candidates (especially ATMPs) and medical devices (ISO 10993) under GLP or GLP-analogous conditions. This includes the development and validation of suitable in vitro and in vivo models.
  • Developing procedures for the diagnostic analysis of secretory and cellular protein biomarkers, including the development and production of specific monoclonal antibodies for their detection and finally the development and validation of the respective diagnostic assays (e.g. ELISA, lateral flow assays, Luminex®, flow cytometry). 
  • Identifying and validating new protein biomarkers for diagnosis and therapy of chronic-inflammatory and tumor diseases, as well as for novel therapeutic approaches in regenerative medicine.
  • Developing human monoclonal antibodies to be directed against new therapeutic tumor targets (triple-negative breast cancer) and their further development as drug candidates.

Expert reports of the department


GLP safety and effectiveness testing


Research and development in immuno-oncology


Research and development in immune-mediated illnesses


Research and development in regenerative medicine


Research services, technology platforms

More about the department

Projects of the department

Here we show you a selection of current and finished projects.

Publications of the department

Here you will find an overview of all publications that have emerged from the research work of our department.

Scientific staff


The Department of Preclinical Development and Validation participates in the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence for Immune-Mediated Diseases with the project "Therapeutic strategies for the treatment of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases".


GLP test facility