Health Care



Innovative Bioinks for 3D-Bioprinting

Bioprinting aims at producing biological or biologically functional tissue in the laboratory. Using a 3D bioprinter, bioink is printed layer by layer to fabricate a complex three-dimensional object. Researchers at the Fraunhofer IMWS are developing new bioinks that are suitable for various applications.



High-quality elastin for different market segments: Fraunhofer IMWS spin-off takes off as "matrihealth" GmbH

Producing high-purity elastin in medical quality is the founding idea of "matrihealth" GmbH.



Improved protective masks through innovative protective textiles

Mouth-to-nose protection has become commonplace during the Covid-19 pandemic. But many of the available products are not tailored for such uses. In the “Next Generation Protective Textiles (NGST)” project, ten Fraunhofer institutes are working on improved solutions that combine high protection with improved wearer comfort.



Periodontal disease: Patent for new treatment method

New biodegradable rods promise to provide better treatment for periodontal disease. Researchers from the Institute of Pharmacy at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have re-combined an already approved active ingredient and filed for a patent for their invention together with two Fraunhofer Institutes from Halle.


New gel to help dry mouth

Dry mouth (xerostomia) is becoming an increasing problem, especially as a result of demographic change. Especially older people suffer from this phenomenon because they either do not produce enough saliva or have a dry mouth as a side effect of taking medication.


Innovative wound care

Customized, biomedically applicable materials based on tropoelastin are being developed in a project by Skinomics GmbH, Halle University and the Fraunhofer IMWS.


Help for a dry mouth

Skinomics GmbH and researchers of Fraunhofer IMWS are together searching for solutions to prevent and treat dryness of the mouth.


The toothpaste's impact on teeth

What is the microstructure of teeth and how is it affected by fluoridated toothpastes? Fraunhofer IMWS finds out.


Perfect bristles through virtual toothbrushing

Developing toothpastes and brushes is time-consuming: Numerous samples must be made and examined. Simulation can help to make this process faster and cheaper.



Microfilms with antimicrobial properties for secure long-term data storage

The Fraunhofer IMWS and FilmoTec GmbH Bitterfeld-Wolfen have developed a new technology that improves the resistance of microfilms to mechanical and biochemical environmental influences and thus increases their long-term stability.


Optimised surfaces for reverse osmosis modules result in better performance

Ceramic or polymer membranes are used for reverse osmosis, upon which deposits, so-called microbial coatings are formed. The Fraunhofer IMWS researches solutions for anti-adhesive membranes.


Clean teeth, clean body, healthy environment

Together with partners from industry, Fraunhofer IMWS would like to replace microplastic particles dental care products with biologically degradable substances.


Full steam ahead!

In a science exhibition, Fraunhofer IMWS  presents its solution to prevent vessels from marine fouling.