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Fraunhofer Solution Days

The first Fraunhofer Solution Days will take place digitally from October 26 to 29, 2020. The online event of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is dedicated to the four topics of health, digital economy, plant and mechanical engineering and mobility. The Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI is participating with various exhibits and lectures, primarily in the field of health.

The Fraunhofer IZI is a member of the Fraunhofer Group for Life Sciences. The seven Fraunhofer institutions of the group present themselves together at the Fraunhofer Solution Days. Among other things, the Fraunhofer IZI is presenting an innovative method for inactivating pathogens using low-energy electron beams. With this method, the nucleic acids of the pathogens can be selectively destroyed without losing the structure of surface antigens. This technology makes it possible for the first time to produce dead vaccines without chemicals, quickly and reproducibly.

Furthermore, the Fraunhofer IZI will provide information on the establishment of pharmaceutical manufacturing processes for cell and gene therapeutics at the booth of the Fraunhofer Group for Life Sciences. This is extremely complex and goes hand in hand with the definition of appropriate quality controls and documentation. Once established and officially approved, changes and optimizations can only be implemented with a great deal of effort. In the GMP development unit of Fraunhofer IZI, ATMP manufacturing processes are flexibly and cost-effectively tested, optimized and validated and official approvals are prepared. The processes developed can then be implemented and produced for clinical studies in the GMP clean room facilities of the institute.

In addition, the Fraunhofer IZI, as a partner in the Fraunhofer Project Center for Microelectronic and Optical Systems for Biomedicine MEOS, is presenting a new method for non-invasive diagnostics of bacterial infections. The method presented at the Fraunhofer MEOS booth uses ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) to examine volatile organic compounds in the breath that are released by bacteria as metabolic metabolites. Compared to previously used methods such as mass spectrometry, IMS can be implemented more cost-effectively and with significantly less equipment in the clinical environment.

On October 28, 2020 at 11 a.m., scientists from the institute will also present a selection of developments on the topic of "Diagnostics and Therapy of Infectious Diseases" in a lecture. Among other things, they provide information about the current testing of active ingredients and vaccine candidates against SARS-COV-2 and explain the new method for the chemical-free production of inactivated vaccines using low-energy electron beams presented at the Fraunhofer Group for Life Sciences booth. Another topic will be the analysis of respiratory gases using ion mobility spectrometry to diagnose bacterial diseases.

Participation in the Fraunhofer Solution Days is free of charge. We would be happy to talk to you there.

Fraunhofer Solution Days 2020
October 26 – 29, 2020 | digital event

Further information:

Source: Press release Fraunhofer IZI from July 05.10.2020, XNUMX

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