Biological Transformation of Manufacturing

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Heiko Zimmermann

Managing Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering

Personal Statement

"Biological transformation brings concepts and solutions from the best manufacturer in time – nature - to manufacturing processes made by humans. The result will be a major change on production technologies with impact in all driving fields of modern societies."

Work experience

 Since May 2008, Professor Zimmermann is Full Professor and Chair for Molecular & Cellular Biotechnology / Nanotechnology at the Saarland University. Since January 2015, Professor Zimmermann has been Director of the Fraunhofer Institute of Biomedical Engineering in Sulzbach, St. Ingbert, Münster and Würzburg, Germany. In January 2017 he was appointed as a Visiting Full Professor in Marine Sciences of the Universidad Católica del Norte, Antafogasta/Coquimbo, Chile.
 Professor Zimmermann has been working as physicist since 1997 in the field of cell biophysics and medical biotechnology. Since 2009 he was continuously coordinator of European Commission funded projects (Framework 7, Horizon 2020) and Work Package leader in several other EU-projects. Heiko Zimmermann was Co-PI in several projects funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Professor Zimmermann received the first permission for working with human Embryonic Stem Cells within the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and has established stem cell research and development at Fraunhofer IBMT. He is co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. His research expertise covers cryo(bio)(tech)nology, general cell technologies and stem cell manufacturing. Prof. Dr. Zimmermann is inventor of more than 50 patent families in the field of biobanking technology.

Course of studies

2001Graduation – doctorate (Biophysics) at the Humboldt-University of Berlin. Thesis: Structure, function and biomedical relevance of cell traces
1997Graduation - degree in Physics equivalent Master of Science at the Institute of Physics, Humboldt-University of Berlin
1994 – 1997Study of Physics with focus Materials Science at the Humboldt University of Berlin
1991 – 1994Study of Physics at the University of Würzburg