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Priavoid GmbH's Alzheimer therapy is about to prove efficacy in patients

The Alzheimer drug candidate PRI-002 being marketed by Priavoid GmbH and developed at Forschungszentrum Jülich has successfully completed Phase I of clinical research involving healthy volunteers. When administered daily over a period of four weeks, the active substance proved to be safe for use in humans. The next milestone will be the proof of efficacy in patients in clinical Phase II. 

Priavoid GmbH is a spin-off of Forschungszentrum Jülich that emerged from a project funded by Helmholtz Enterprise from October 2016 to September 2017. The development of PRI-002 has also been financially supported by the Helmholtz Validation Fund.

Click here for the press release of Forschungszentrum Jülich.

MyoPax awarded for business concept for development of muscle stem cell therapy and associated biobank

MyoPax-Biobank, a spin-off project of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) funded by Helmholtz Enterprise, was recognized for their business concept at this year's Science4Life Venture Cup. The team around Dr. Verena Schöwel and Prof. Dr. Simone Spuler has developed a method that enables muscle stem cells to be isolated from muscle tissue and multiplied in the laboratory in such a way that these cells retain their stem cell character and thus their potential to build muscles. By setting up a tissue bank, the team hopes to increase the chances of treatment for patients with progressive muscle diseases.

Learn more about the project at the MDC (in German).

CENmat researches with Boysen the use of direct ethanol fuel cells

CENmat UG, a DLR spin-off and Helmholtz Enterprise project, is an innovative company in the area of chemical process engineering with a focus on nanomaterials that can be used in a variety of ways. The company produces individual nanomaterials among other things for electrochemical energy storage such as fuel cells.

Jointly CENmat and Boysen are researching an alternative stationary fuel cell in the project "EtOx-Cat", utilizing the cheaper and more advantageous ethanol as energy source. Continue reading on boysen-online only in German.

Setting sail in direction of your own company

Helmholtz Enterprise, the program supporting spin-offs from  the Helmholtz Association, is calling for new applications. With up to one million euro per year, it supports researchers from the Helmholtz Association to bring their research ideas to market.

This year, Helmholtz Enterprise is focusing on agile business model development through lean startup mentoring: each team will have a mentor in the process of testing market hypotheses and developing the business model. The Business Model Canvas is used as a new tool to keep teams on track. More

tacterion and Roboception were awarded by Innovationspreis Bayern

On November 26th 2018 two former Helmholtz Enterprise projects tacterion GmbH and Roboception GmbH were awarded with Innovationspreis Bayern. Every two years, the award honors start-ups for their outstanding innovative performance.

The spin-off tacterion GmbH from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) was awarded for their market-ready product PLYON® from sensorskin™ technology in the category “Cooperation business and science”. The sensor technology possess a high level of touch and pressure sensitivity with a broad application field e.g. automobile or gaming industry.

The spin-off Roboception GmbH from the DLR was awarded for their robot “rc_visard”. The robot has a 3D sensor, which is able to measure in 3D as well as to determine its position in a room.

Video from the award are in German.

Is it Fresh at 'Falling Walls' 2018

The Helmholtz Association nominated the spin-off 'Is it fresh' from Research Center Jülich for this year’s interdisciplinary science conference Falling Walls. The first Falling Walls conference was held on the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 2009. Since then the Falling Walls Foundation has set itself the task to break down the silos between disciplines and to transcend boundaries. The exciting and tightly packed agenda features Scientific insights from all areas  which are presented to a diverse audience in a short, sharp and entertaining way.

The Falling Walls Foundation awards outstanding scientific achievements in the three categories conference, lab and ventures. In the category Falling Walls Ventures universities and research institutions from all over the world are called upon to nominate their most innovative and most promising enterprises. 20 of all nominated spin-offs were selected to participate in the Falling Walls Ventures in Berlin. Introduced by their nominating institutions, the spin-offs had five minutes to present their business models in front of an international and high-calibre jury of entrepreneurs, science representatives and venture capitalists.

For this year’s 'Falling Walls' 'Is It Fresh Ltd.' was selected to represent the Helmholtz Association within the Falling Wall Ventures category. The young company with their innovative sensor technology has already been supported by the Helmholtz Enterprise program. At its core the company’s technology determines the freshness of the food more accurately compared to the expiry date set by the producer thereby contributing to prevent unnecessary food waste. This may has a positive impact on food consumptions and consumers’ overall attitude towards food. As to be expected, all participants of the Falling Wall Ventures put forth novel and innovative ideas tackling big challenges. So, every participant is already a winner. In its final verdict the jury chose T3 pharma with their cancer treatment approach based on living bacteria as the winner of this year’s competition.


OMEICOS Therapeutics closes €17 Mio. Series C Financing to OMT-28 towards Pivotal Trials in Atrial Fibrillation

OMEICOS Therapeutics, a spin-off from Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine and former Helmholtz Enterprise project, successfully closed series C financing. The investment provided by new lead investor Forbion together with existing investors Vesalius Biocapital II S.A. SICAR Remiges BioPharma Fund, SMS group GmbH, KFW Group, VC Fonds Technologie Berlin, High-Tech-Gründerfonds II GmbH & Co. KG and The Falck Revocable Trust. This initiates the pivotal Trials (phase-II study) for the substance OMT-28 for a novel and safe rhythm stabilizer for patients with atrial fibrillation.

Continue reading on High-Tech-Gruenderfonds page


SenseUp is the winner of the EARTO Innovation Awards 2018 in the category "Impact Expected"

The spin-off SenseUp of Forschungszentrum Jülich and the former Helmholtz Enterprise project has been awarded by the EARTO Innovation Awards 2018 (European Association of  Research and Technology Organisation) as the best in the category "Impact Expected". The innovative sensor technology accelerates the microorganism screening process by a factor of a million. The developed sensor technology detects the most productive ones among millions of microorganisms for the production of nutrients and medical substances. And enable a more efficient manufacturing process in the field of biotechnology.


Memetis GmbH receives a funding of a seven-figure amount for their innovative actuator technology in an ultra-compact design

The spin-off memetis GmbH of the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), a former Helmholtz Enterprise project by the name of SMActuators, successfully completed its first funding round. The leading investors are High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) and KIT. The funding supports memetis’ business development in particular the establishment of the relatively unknown technology and various actuator applications in the market as well as expanding its own development and production capabilities. Read more

Successful VC financing of the Helmholtz Enterprise Alumni i3 Membrane

30.11.2016 - Four investors are financing continued growth by i3 Membrane GmbH. High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) in Bonn, Innovationsstarter Fonds in Hamburg, Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft Sachsen mbH (MBG) in Dresden and a private US investor are investing a 7-digit Euro sum in further developing and launching new filters and separation technologies. Ultra-thin metal coatings on conventional membranes can be charged with electric current to capture charged nanoparticles such as viruses and cytotoxins – and can be controlled using a computer. Making biotechnological processes more efficient and simple while filters become smaller and more environmentally friendly. Read the press release of HTGF.

Helmholtz-Enterprise: Spin-Offs from the HZDR and their experiences with grant schemes “Helmholtz-Enterprise” and “EXIST”

Together with the HZDR, we have prepared an information session for potential founders:

“High-tech Spin-Offs: Inspiration, Opportunities and How-To-Do's”
on November 24th, 10:30 am - 15:30 pm
at the HZDR, building 114 (seminar room) or building 801 (room 142)

We will inform you about the possibilities to effectively transfer your research results and your knowledge into new fields of applicationan through an academic spin-off.

The program consists of the following contributions:

  • Presentation of the spin-off promotion "Helmholtz-Enterprise"
  • Presentation of the spin-off promotion "EXIST" and the support by dresden|exists
  • Review: HEF promotion and spin-off of the HZDR
  • Review: EXIST promotion and spin-off of the HZDR
  • Assistance in the spin-off by HZDR Innovation GmbH
  • Possibly panel discussion

All interested employees of the Helmholtz Centres are welcome. The presentations will be given in German, nevertheless questions can be answered in English.
Please register in advance at Mr. Sebastian Löbelt-Friedrich (sebastian.loebelt-friedrich(at)

Captain T Cell: Start-up from the MDC wins OneStart competition in London

21.06.2016 - For the first time, a German team has won the world’s biggest life-science start-up competition. Captain T Cell, founded by Dr Felix Lorenz and several colleagues at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), beat 400 international start-ups to win prize money totalling GBP 100,000. The team will use the funds to further develop their innovative approach to cancer immunotherapy. Their goal is to create a platform for the production of personalized, cancer-specific T cell receptors. With the help of these receptors, the body’s own T cells, so called ‘killer cells’, are able to find and specifically destroy cancer cells in the patient’s body. (READ MORE)

Helmholtz Association among the world's most innovative research institutions

March, 8th 2016 - The Reuters news agency rates the Helmholtz Association in the Top 25 Global Innovators. The rating takes into account all transfer activities of public research institutions worldwide in the past eight years. The Helmholtz Association archives the 11th place doing the most to advance science and technology.

News article

Helmholtz validation funding extended, facilitating further projects

December 16th, 2015 - Developing pioneering technologies and making them attractive for industry often requires a great deal of patience and perseverance. The Helmholtz Validation Fund (HVF) is therefore providing support to a number of particularly promising projects carried out by research teams in the Helmholtz Association. A total of 21 projects were selected for the first funding period from 2011 to 2015. Following a successful evaluation process, the programme will now continue from 2016 to 2020. The first three projects to be funded in the new programme phase were selected this December by the experts on the decision-making board. These projects could pave the way to discovering new and better ways of diagnosing and treating diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s.

Press release

Magna-Helmholtz-Research Day in Bad Homburg

14.11.2014: The Magna-Helmholtz Research Days brought together 65 experts from the Magna industry and the Helmholtz Association on November 6-7 2014. Magna is a leading global automotive supplier with 130.000 employees, 317 manufacturing operations and 83 product development, engineering and sales centres in 29 countries. On the first day, the Magna Power Train plant in Bad Homburg was visited, being a premier supplier for the global automotive industry with full capabilities in powertrain design, development, testing and manufacturing. On the second day, 23 Helmholtz experts from AWI, FZJ, HZG, KIT and DLR presented and discussed topics of mutual interest, such as Leight Weight Technologies and Multimaterial Joining, Powertrain Components Materials and Design, Connectivity and Propulsion, as well as Energy Storage 2030

In the light of the German Energy Turnaround (Energiewende), Energy Storage is a growing research programme at Helmholtz, developing the technologies required to shape the Energy System 2050. With the Energy Lab 2.0 Project, the Helmholtz centre KIT concentrates on the design, assessment and demonstration of a new interconnected energy grid of electricity, gas, hydrogen, fuel, heat and information

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Helmholtz supports research projects on their way to application

October 27th, 2014 - Developing pioneering technologies and making them attractive for industry: the Helmholtz Association is channelling more than €20 million from its Initiative and Networking Fund into helping scientists quickly move their projects from research to application. Fifteen projects have been funded since the launch in 2011, and now independent assessors have recommended that a further three should receive support: a system that can produce high-precision maps, an effective process for generating heat in solar tower power plants, and an active pharmaceutical ingredient that could be used in the treatment of ischemia in the future. The Helmholtz Association believes these three developments have huge potential for achieving successful commercial application and making a significant contribution to society.

Press release

Helmholtz Association facilitates new spin-offs

September 1st, 2014 - The Helmholtz Association is providing up to €130,000 of funding for each of four new spin-off proposals by Helmholtz researchers. This brings the total number of Helmholtz centre spin-offs funded by the Association through its Initiative and Networking Fund to 86 since 2005. The Helmholtz Enterprise funding programme supports spin-offs during the critical start-up phase, helping research findings to be applied rapidly for the benefit of society and the economy.

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  • Photo of Barbara Diehl
    • Barbara Diehl
    • Director of Department Transfer and Innovation
      Helmholtz Association
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    • Christopher Kerth
    • Program Manager Transfer and Innovation
      Helmholtz Association