The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is regarded to be the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Its research activities are conducted by 67 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft employs a staff of 24,000, who work with an annual research budget totalling more than 2.1 billion euros. Of this sum, more than 1.8 billion euros is generated through contract research. More than 70 percent of the Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft’s contract research revenue is derived from contracts with industry and from publicly financed research projects. International collaborations with excellent research partners and innovative companies around the world ensure direct access to regions of the greatest importance to present and future scientific progress and economic development.
Fraunhofer IMM has a strong focus on the investigation and development of technical solutions based on microsystem technology in various fields of industrial application such as chemical process engineering, energy technology, industrial analytics, bio-diagnostics and medical field. With a staff of about 130 people Fraunhofer IMM has carried out or is currently working on more than 40 projects funded by the EC, and has been until now in four EC projects coordinating partner. Since 2001 Fraunhofer IMM is certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001 quality standards.
Throughout many R&D activities and industrial cooperations Fraunhofer IMM has gathered over more than two decades extensive experience in design, development and fabrication of custom MEMS sensors and devices including their system integration. By joining R&D and fabrication competences under one umbrella IMM offers its partners access to customised MST solutions which exceed commercially available standards.
Fraunhofer IMM, with Dr. Peter Detemple and Stephan Schmitt, will be in charge of WP4 dedicated to design and realization of the mechanotransduction sensor subsystem which in particular includes development of the MEMS based sensor device, its integration with the sensor readout chip provided by UCL and its biocompatible, hermetic sealing. Execution of this task will profit from IMM’s comprehensive know-how in design and realization of custom MEMS devices as well as the available in-house technology backbone for manufacturing of such devices.