Spin-off companies

Establishing direct spin-offs from research centers is an important transfer channel. These spin-offs are based on technologies and insights developed by scientists over the course of many years of outstanding research. Not only are these new services, products, and processes able to significantly improve the ones that currently exist, or make them more cost-effective, they also offer first-time solutions for pressing challenges.

Since 2005, over 175 spin-offs from the Helmholtz Association have been founded. Two thirds of them were funded by the Helmholtz Enterprise Program.

Batch II/2017

CEN-Mat produces highly-specialized custom-made nanomaterials with specific control of the properties of the material. Using a new cost-efficient and eco-friendly synthesis route, the company produces tailor-made materials for customers in the energy, automotive, and pharmaceutical sectors.

µyPrint is marketing a new kind of molecular printer which produces precisely-defined, high-resolution surface patterns for applications in biomedical research and clinical diagnostics at research institutes; customers in industry will be targeted at a later stage.

Eximmium distributes antibodies to manufacturers of biopharmaceuticals, which are produced using a platform technology it has specifically developed based on extracellular vesicles. The new technology enables the identification of previously unknown tumor antigens and simultaneously generates antibodies for these.

DcubeRoc develops and distributes software modules that can simulate the complex processes that occur in underground networks of cracks as realistically as possible for a wide range of geological applications. This technology can be used by government authorities, energy or mining companies involved in the exploitation of geothermal energy or in the final disposal of radioactive material.

Batch I/2017

With its Kinfinity data glove, Kinfinity Solutions turns the human hand into an interactive input device, giving access, on the one hand, to new applications in the fields of virtual reality and augmented reality. On the other hand, it can be used to specify complex movements for robot arms that are connected to it, without requiring any programing.

VECTOR21 develops and distributes market simulation software for the strategy departments of companies and consultancies. In contrast to alternative software products, the scenarios (for example for the diffusion of alternative technologies in the vehicle market) are interactive and live. The user simply accesses input data charts and the software calculates the result within seconds even in the case of complex analyses.

Batch II/2016

Industry 4.0 requires and necessitates the use of robotic systems that have no protective fencing to ensure safe human-robot collaboration (HRC). Moving robot tools and components are potentially extremely hazardous to people. COBOTECT offers a safety module which rapidly encloses robot tools and components in an airbag and then releases them again.


mSquare has developed a new generation of heated repair pads to fix components made of fiber-reinforced plastics such as those used in the wind power, aviation, and automotive industries. Compared to previous solutions, the material properties of the repaired components are significantly improved, while the time needed for their repair is also considerably shorter.


Batch I/2016

dermaSight is developing a mesoscopic device based on an imaging technique for dermatological and endoscopic applications. It uses what is known as “ultra-broadband optoacoustic mesoscopy” to produce high-resolution 3D images. Molecular and physiological parameters can thus be measured in real time and diagnoses can be made much more rapidly.

Until now, the mining and resources industries have had to undertake expensive expeditions and test borings in order to develop new deposits of rare earths or metals. ReSens+ is able to use the algorithms developed in-house using satellites or aerial photographs to rapidly determine the exact location, quality, and quantity of natural resources over an extensive area.

Erzlabor has refined a procedure for mineral analysis, which enables resource-efficient treatment and processing strategies in the fields of exploiting or recycling raw materials. The procedure of automated minerology leads to a reduction in process and production costs due to the increased speed of analysis and the improved quality of output.


Is It Fresh has developed printable sensors based on a new kind of ink technology, which almost makes the currently much-discussed expiry dates on foodstuffs superfluous. This technology allows data to be produced about the freshness status of each food product.

The sFIDA technology developed by scientists at the Forschungszentrum Jülich research center can quantify oligomers (which are co-responsible, for example, for the development and progression of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)) in an ultrasensitive and specific manner. Furthermore, the technology can be used for other protein conformational disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease. It is initially being offered as a product for diagnostic services to customers in the pharmaceutical industry and in academic research.

The Forschungszentrum Jülich research center has developed a completely new type of drug candidate for treating Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Both the safety of the drug in treatment and its effectiveness in delaying the progression of the disease in animal models have been demonstrated. This potential active ingredient has a unique mode of action, which targets toxic Aβ peptide oligomers in a direct and specific way. Furthermore, the drug candidate is relatively inexpensive to produce and can be administered orally.

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    • N. N.
    • Head of Department Transfer and Innovation
      Helmholtz Association
    • Dr. Martin Kamprath
    • Program Manager Transfer and Innovation
      Helmholtz Association