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.

Establishment of the Fraunhofer Institute for Marine Biotechnology

Due to the successful development of the working group, the new Fraunhofer facility was founded in 2008 in a joint cooperation agreement between the state government of Schleswig-Holstein, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FhG) and the University of Lübeck. The name "Institution for Marine Biotechnology" was agreed upon as the name for the facility. The 20 employees of the working group moved into larger premises in the new building of the Medical Health Centre.

The newly established facility was initially financed primarily by start-up financing from the state of Schleswig-Holstein, the European Union and numerous research and development contracts from public and industrial clients. Since 2013, the EMB has been in the 90:10 financing of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and, like all other Fraunhofer Institutes, has been financed through public and private projects and contracts.

Move into the new institute building

As of January 2015, the EMB was then able to move into the newly constructed building on the grounds of the university campus, where it now has 5,200 m² of usable and working space. The number of employees was increased to 65 during this time.


Renaming into "Fraunhofer Institute for Marine Biotechnology and Cell Technology"

In order to make the core competence of cell technology visible in the institution name, the facility was renamed "Fraunhofer Institution for Marine Biotechnology and Cell Technology EMB" on 01.01.2017.

Today, the EMB is integrated by its Managing Director, Prof. dr. Charli Kruse and his Institute for Medical and Marine Biotechnology at the University of Lübeck into the technical-scientific and medical faculty , where he performs various teaching duties. At the Fraunhofer EMB numerous trainees, bachelor and master students from the University of Lübeck as well as the from the University of Applied Sciences Lübeck are supervised.

Establishment of the Fraunhofer Research and Development Center for Marine and Cellular Biotechnology

With the restructuring to the Fraunhofer Research Institution for individualized and Cell-based Medical Engineering IMTE in 2020 for reasons of the continuous further development of the research work started, the new establishment of the associated Research and Development Center for Marine and Cellular Biotechnology took place.