Start as a working group
The starting point for the later development of the Fraunhofer Institute for Marine Biotechnology and Cell Technology (EMB) was the Fraunhofer-IBMT working group Cell Differentiation & Cell Technology at the University of Lübeck (UzL), which was founded in 2004. New results in the field of stem cell research, which were developed by PD Dr. Kruse's research group, served as the basis and initial impulse for this foundation. From the point of view of the founding partners, new ways of isolation, manipulation, in vitro cultivation and use of stem cells derived from differentiated tissue can be derived from these results. The foundation of the Fraunhofer EMB thus goes back to an initiative of the University of Lübeck and the Fraunhofer IBMT. Together they agreed to found a Fraunhofer research group in Lübeck from the former university group "Intracellular Transports".
After its foundation, this research group moved into new premises in the Multifunction Center (MFC) Lübeck, where it worked successfully from 2004 to 2008 and acquired various projects, so that during this time it was able to grow from originally 2 to 10 employees.