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B CUBE receives funding for new research groups

B CUBE – Center for Molecular Bioengineering was selected for funding of two more junior research groups by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). These groups will work on applied research in BioProspecting, Biomimetic Materials and BioNano Tools and will be funded for five years with up to 4.5 million EUR each.

Within its program „Unternehmen Region-Centers of Innovation Competence“ BMBF is funding outstanding research institutions in former East Germany. The eight Centers for Innovation Competence which were funded in 2008 for the first time received the chance to submit an updated strategy concept in 2014 and thus to apply for further funding.

The BMBF recently announced that the expert jury has selected B CUBE among others for a funding of two junior research groups for five years to further expand the research center. One of these two groups will work on the development of an integral instrument system to analyze natural and synthetic materials, which will not only give unique insights into the structure-function relationship of biological and biomimetic materials but which also opens new opportunities for medical diagnostic. The second research group will work on the field of self-assembling of responsive biofunctional systems, an innovative field of science which, for example, deals with the creation of “artificial cells”. Further parts of the strategy concept of B CUBE are the establishment of a chair for BioProspecting for the identification and exploration of natural phenomena and another junior research group working on the genetic engineering of cellular systems.

The main objectives of B CUBE are the expansion of cutting-edge research in the field of Molecular Bioengineering, the implementation of technological and process innovations in industrial applications and to strengthen the interdisciplinary skills of young researchers. For the extension of the center, a modern research building is planned at Tatzberg in Dresden, which is planned to be ready in 2018.

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