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Case Studies

Knowledge and technology transfer in practice

Browse through examples of patents, translation projects, start-ups and product developments. This will give you the most precise impression of the work we do with our partners in science and industry

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Curing HIV

Teams led by Prof. Joachim Hauber at the Heinrich Pette Institute (HPI) – Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology and Prof. Frank Buchholz* at the…

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A natural approach for blood vessels

Dr Thomas Aper, Prof. Mathias Wilhelmi and their team at the Department of Cardiothoracic, Transplant and Vascular Surgery (Director: Prof. Axel…

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Innovative gene editing tool

Poseida, Demeetra and Hera BioLabs have recently launched a new tool for the targeted alteration of genes that offers an attractive alternative to the…

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Destroying cancer cells

For over 15 years, Prof. Thomas Blankenstein and his teams at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in the Helmholtz Association and at…

'Just' back pain – or inflammatory autoimmune disease?

Everyone has back pain at some point or other. Between 20 and 30% of Europeans have chronic back pain, and in 5% of these cases the cause is…

Healing heart tissue - preventing heart failure

Around 400,000 people in Germany suffer a heart attack each year. In a fifth of those affected, this leads to a complex process of restructuring in…

EU Projects

In 2017 Ascenion also supported the transfer of EU-financed research projects, for example as a consortium partner on projects in the European…

Boost for viral gene transfer

The vision of introducing genes into human cells to heal life-threatening diseases is more than 50 years old. Today, the first gene therapies are…

Live images in the operating theatre

The art of a successful breast cancer operation lies in being able to remove as much cancerous tissue as possible and avoid the formation of…

Breakdown in bacterial communication

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a much-feared hospital germ. It can cause dangerous infections, is extremely resilient, and has acquired multiple resistance…

Catheter – yes or no? Diagnostic test for heart patients

2016 saw the market launch of a new test from Roche Diagnostics: Elecsys GDF-15. Based on research by Prof. Kai C. Wollert at the Hannover Medical…

Two-pronged attack: radioimmune therapy for brain tumours

Funding of EUR 3.5 million was secured in June 2016 by Prof. Reinhard Zeidler and his team at the Helmholtz Zentrum München. The support comes from…

Founded together: MD-CEL for the development of gene therapies

With Ascenion‘s help, the MDC established a unique translational centre in 2016 - the ‚Max-Delbrück Center Cell Engineering Lab‘ (MD-CEL). Its goal is…

Right on target: mushroom poison against cancer

In September 2016 the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) and the WILEX subsidiary Heidelberg Pharma signed an option agreement with the…

Improving exhalation: device for COPD patients

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is characterized by the persistent narrowing of the airways, often leading to difficulties in breathing and…