The development of new bioactive compounds for medicine (e.g. antibiotics, immunomodulators) and for nutritional and agricultural industries (e.g. innovative fungicides, phytoeffectors) is a major challenge for application-oriented research. Solutions for many of these problems can be offered by biotechnology and in particular cell-free biotechnology. The


Leibniz Research Cluster (LRC)
Bio/Synthetic multifunctional micro-production units –
Novel ways in bioactive compound development

is aiming to develop novel cell-free and multifunctional platforms for biotechnological processes. In a novel concept, the LRC unites life sciences and engineering to make use of the emerging synergies. Five institutes from the biological and natural science / engineering sections of the Leibniz Association initiated the LRC:

•   Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute, Jena (HKI)
•   Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry, Halle (IPB)
•   Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research, Dresden (IPF)
•   Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Saarbrücken (INM)
•   Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences, Dortmund (ISAS)

The LRC consists of one junior research group at each of these institutes. Currently, we invite applications for scientists and doctoral researchers within these research groups For more information please see Vacancies.

Official Kick-off Meeting of the Leibniz Research Cluster
March 12, 2015
HKI-Center for Systems Biology of Infection