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25 years of Fraunhofer in Thuringia

09-14-2017 - The Fraunhofer Society is celebrating the 25th anniversary of ist Institute of Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF Jena). For the future, the research company has great plans in the field of microelectronics in Thuringia.

Just in time for its 25th anniversary, IOF Jena is inaugurating the new state-of-the-art technology center: after two years of construction, the building offers space for its own pulling of optical fibers, which is particularly in demand for the development of a new generation of powerful lasers worldwide.

It is one of a total of 19 institutes, which after the reunification was established by the Fraunhofer Society in the new federal states and which is still regarded as a fixed size of the research landscape of the Federal Republic.

As was recently announced, Fraunhofer also plans to invest in a new project center in Erfurt. The focus is interdisciplinary research in the field of microelectronics and optical systems for biomedical applications.

Three Fraunhofer Institutes with the core competencies of bio sciences, microelectronics, optics and photonics will research in a close exchange with local companies and universities. Initially, two application fields are selected: improved medical imaging and technologies for biomarker analysis.

In the project center, which is initially planned for five years, 20 employees will firstly be involved. Later the number will be increased to around 60 employees.

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