Fraunhofer Innovation Centers

Innovation Centres organise the close cooperation of university and non-university research institutions with partners from industry. Universities, Fraunhofer-Institutes and, if applicable, other non-university research institutions work together with companies and civil society stakeholders on a topic-specific basis at one location in order to quickly bring innovations into (practical) application.

In an Innovation Center, transfer activities of all parties involved are coordinated and connected to facilitate rapid application-oriented transfer into practice.

Each Innovation Center develops a joint transfer roadmap, which is updated annually. The following transfer paths are pursued for the Innovation Center TheraNova:

  • Contract research
  • Spin-offs 
  • Licensing
  • Standardisation
  • Further education/transfer over heads
  • Infrastructure services
  • Science communication



Contract research

  • Establishment of cooperation projects and collaborative networks
  • Development of new collaborative approaches
  • Use of shared infrastructure


  • Support of existing spin-off efforts
  • Involvement of local technology transfer companies
  • Development of a transfer strategy for each research project


  • Implementation of a cross-project and cross-partner IP strategy
  • Management of a joint IP portfolio
  • Development of specific IP strategies for all projects


  • Establishment of a clinical research network
  • Development of consensus recommendations and their translation into guidelines
  • Participation in steering committees


  • Joint supervision of projects
  • Development of training modules on drug research, transfer as well as soft skills
  • Project pitching with representatives from industry
  • Definition of transfer goals for projects
  • Individual mentoring and qualification programmes

Infrastructure services

  • Development of new cooperation models for a more effective use of existing infrastructure.
  • Project-centric way of working: Offering method and technology trainings; mutual access to technology platforms

Science communication

  • Cooperation with specialist societies and patient associations
  • Active participation in public events
  • Publication of results in scientific journals