The Lead Discovery Center GmbH (LDC), the Max Planck Society (MPG) and Max Planck Innovation (MI) announce that their associated company Quench Bio Inc., Cambridge, USA has raised USD 50 million in a Series A financing round. The financing was led by RA Capital Management (RA Capital) and included Abbvie Ventures as well as co-founders and seed investors Atlas Venture (Atlas) and Arix Bioscience plc (Arix). more

Together for Science

February 20, 2020

Strengthening Berlin as an international science metropolis is the goal of a joint initiative of the capital's extramural research institutions. They have joined forces to form BR 50 (Berlin Research 50) in order to jointly develop future strategies for research and exchange with politics and society. more

Therapy with VPM1002 is effective in bladder cancer patients more

During the IMPRS-IDI Assessment Week, our student intern Nele Klaiber spoke with three of the candidates. In the interview, you can find out, why Vanessa, Niranjan and Martin applied to the IMPRS-IDI and whether they always wanted to become scientists. more

Body cells spy out bacteria

December 20, 2019

The aryl-hydrocarbon receptor detects when bacteria increase so much in number that they become a danger to the body more

A hungry mosquito is not a good host for malaria parasites. Elena Levashina's team at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin showed that both, mosquito and parasite, tap into the same resources for their reproduction. more

'It’s about the excitement'

November 21, 2019

Matthieu Domenech de Cellès started his position as MPIIB research group leader in October. He heads the new group “Infectious Disease Epidemiology”. With his epidemiological research, the trained mathematician will provide a new perspective on infection biology for the MPIIB. In the interview, Domenech de Cellès talks about his first weeks at the institute, future research plans on mathematical modelling and the importance of vaccine coverage for the fight against infectious diseases. more

Immune response causes organ damage more

The intestinal epithelium forms the barrier between the organism and the environment and is thus exposed to a multitude of damaging factors. Severe injury, e.g. through a bacterial infection or toxic substances can compromise epithelial function. While most patients recover quickly, the disease can become chronic or even fatal for some. It is therefore important to understand the mechanism normally responsible for repairing the damaged epithelium. A team of scientists from the Charité University Medicine and the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin now showed that the colon epithelium can recover even if all stem cells and dividing cells die as a result of colitis - by converting differentiated cells into stem cells. more

The causality between tumour viruses and human cancers is firmly established, due to the presence of transforming viral genes in the resulting cancers. Although there is much evidence that certain bacterial infections, in particular chronic ones, can also lead to the development of cancer, it has been much more difficult to provide conclusive proof. Thomas Meyer together with Thomas Rudel and Jacques Neefjes organized this comprehensive meeting to bring together international experts in a number of related fields to focus on how this causality can be established. The deadline for submission of abstracts is September 30th, and a number of abstracts will be selected for a short talk. more

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