The separation of cells is of great importance for many processes in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical sector. At the same time, the changed raw material situation and as well as the necessary saving of energy and resources pose enormous challenges to companies. In order to meet both factors, the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM is focusing on new technologies and methods with the MaTBiZ project. The state of Rhineland-Palatinate is funding the project with 390,000 euros.
Further Strengthening Biotechnology in Rhineland-Palatinate
With the MaTBiZ project (microstructure design and additive manufacturing of a chromatography column for the separation of biological cells), the Fraunhofer ITWM wants to develop technologies and methods that enable filter media for the targeted separation of living cells. To this end, different departments of the institute are collaborating in the Simulation- and Software-based Innovation Performance Center. »Rhineland-Palatinate has become an innovation driver for biotechnology,« said Clemens Hoch, Minister of Science and Health of Rhineland-Palatinate. »With MaTBiZ, we are funding basic research that is of enormous importance to companies in the state. We are very proud that this biotechnology in Germany is receiving many essential impulses from our state.«
Research for the Post-fossil Age
The director of Fraunhofer ITWM, Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel, emphasizes the importance of MaTBiZ for a fundamental change in the economy: »If we want to do without fossil fuels, we must make biogenic materials available in sufficient quantity and purity to enable efficient industrial use. Some of these materials – which include cellulose, for example - can be extracted from plants. More complex materials, such as proteins and small natural compounds like amino acids, are obtained by culturing a large number of cells.« Industry now needs efficient cell sorting methods to identify and sort out the cells with the best properties for production. »This is what we are contributing to with our research.«