Fraunhofer-Institut für Molekularbiologie und Angewandte Oekologie IME ScreeningPort (IME-SP)

The Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME conducts research in the field of applied life sciences from a molecular level to entire ecosystems.

The mission of Fraunhofer IME ScreeningPort (IME SP) is to bridge the gap between basic academic research and the life sciences industry in the field of drug discovery and development. With state-of-the-art infrastructure at its location in Hamburg, established processes and innovative technologies, IME-SP positioned itself as a world-leading research partner for small-molecule screening.

The IME SP directs its efforts onto the development of biological assay systems, high-throughput drug discovery (i.e. high-throughput screening, high-content screening and virtual screening), the identification of diagnostic biomarkers (including those used for companion diagnostics in preclinical/clinical studies) and pharmacological bioinformatics.

The Fraunhofer IME has approximately 600 employees working at its laboratories in Aachen, Schmallenberg, Münster, Gießen, Frankfurt and Hamburg as well as subsidiary research centers in the USA and in Chile. 

Key staff involved in EBiSC

Ole Pless (Senior Scientist) – is in charge of the field of Biomarker Discovery and Stem Cell research at IME SP. He holds a diploma in Biology from the University of Heidelberg and received his PhD from the Humboldt University and the Max-Delbrueck-Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, where he as well gained three years of postdoctoral research experience in transcription factor biology and assay development.

Oliver Keminer (Drug Discovery Scientist) – gathered 15 years of working experience in drug discovery within Eli Lilly (Lilly Forschungs GmbH, Hamburg), Evotec and European ScreeningPort. He brings in his broad know-how in assay development and validation (enzymatic and cell-based assays), target validation and compound profiling. Oliver holds a diploma in biology from the Ruhr-University of Bochum.

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