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UFZ researcher involved in biogas innovation
The researchers Dr. Heike Sträuber from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and Maria Braune from the German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ) jointly developed a process for the production of versatile fatty acids from regional biomass. With this innovative process, the product range of biogas plants can be extended, thus creating another economic sector for biogas plant operators. The process was presented at the 12th Biogas Innovation Congress in Osnabrück on 22 May 2019 and won the German Agricultural Biogas Innovation Award worth 10,000 euro.
The principle of a biogas plant is based on the natural bacterial degradation of organic material in the absence of oxygen. Various products can be produced, such as methane gas, which is used to generate electricity, for example, or biodiesel for propulsion in the transport sector, as well as fermentation residues, which can be further processed into fertiliser.
Despite the production possibilities of a biogas plant, the operation of the plant is often only profitable through state subsidies. The saturated fatty acids capric acid and caprylic acid, which can be produced in a biogas plant using the new process, are special chemicals used in the lubricants, cosmetics and cleaning agents sectors.
In the future Biogas plants will be able to extract even more from our valuable biological waste and contribute to the recycling economy. We are curious to see when the first biogas plants will benefit from this development.
Jülich researchers receive first LABVOLUTION AWARD
With its automated and miniaturized cultivation platform, the working group “Bioprocesses and Bioanalytics” has managed to increase the number of cultivations from 2 to 48 per week and user. This solves an internal but also generally typical problem for research and development projects in industrial biotechnology.
The MiBioLab, a Helmholtz Innovation Lab at Forschungszentrum Jülich, brings this solution from the laboratory to industrial application.
Forschungszentrum Jülich won the LABVOLUTION AWARD for this achievement. The prize was awarded to Roman Jansen, PhD student in the working group “Bioprocesses and Bioanalytics” of Professor Marco Oldiges and MiBioLab staff.
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.
Nimiq Acquires Stake in WEG Bank AG
The browser-based blockchain project Nimiq, a spinoff of the Helmholtz Center for Information Security CISPA, recently announced an acquisition of a 9.9% stake in German WEG Bank AG.
This acquisition further solidifies the strategic partnership between Nimiq and WEG Bank on Nimiq OASIS (Open Asset Swap Interaction Scheme). The Nimiq OASIS technology allows bank customers to buy or sell cryptocurrency for fiat currency. Nimiq aims to connect different cryptocurrency markets with the traditional banking network and thereby make the money on fiat bank accounts "blockchain compatible".
Nimiq is an easy-to-use, secure and censorship-resistant cryptocurrency that is native to the web. As spinoff of the Helmholtz Center for Information Security CISPA, the project is striving to combine state-of-the-art blockchain research and web technology.
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.
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.
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)dresden-exists.de).
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Barbara Diehl
- Director of Department Transfer and Innovation
- Berlin Office
- +49 30 206 329-72
- Christopher Kerth
- Program Manager Transfer and Innovation
- Berlin Office
- +49 30 206329-77