The collective scientific institute of the academies of Hannover officially has a name: NIFE - Niedersächsisches Zentrum für Biomedizintechnik, Implantatforschung und Entwicklung (Lower Saxony Centre for Biomedical Engineering, Implant Research and Development). The foundation of NIFE took place on the 12th of August in the year 2008.
The Lower Saxony Centre for Biomedical Engineering, Implant Research and Development (NIFE) in Hannover takes the region and German state Lower Saxony into the international focus and spotlight as one of the leading facilities of biomedical research and development. NIFE has recently been founded by the Hannover Medical School (MHH), the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation (TiHo), and the Leibniz University of Hannover (LUH) in cooperation with the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH). It is the goal of NIFE to connect the transdisciplinary research and development in Lower Saxony. NIFE's work places special emphasis on implant research. The manifold skills and cooperations of research units operating in biomedial engineering and the resulting synergies are to be used more efficiently in the development of innovative implants. For this purpose, a new shared research facility is scheduled for the competences in the field of biomedical engineering and implant research. Formerly, they were spread over eight different sites in the region of Hannover.
NIFE is especially orientated to research innovative approaches and to accommodate the ever growing requirements for adequate implants, which are presently more and more in demand and last but not least, are needs of demographic development. This is how the problem areas essential for implant research and development like biocompatibility, infection and biofunctionalization can be dealt with in a productive and visionary way: more functional, longer lasting implants are the result. Parallel to research and development, the pre-clinical and clinical expertise at hand is used to speed up the conversion of scientific findings from the laboratories of biomedical engineering into marketable products. The topics range from the development of biocompatible materials for implants to infection biology to imaging, laser medicine and regenerative therapies.
With NIFE, a transdisciplinary centre for implant research has been created. It spans over several organ systems, and runs research dealing with the whole innovation chain.Considerable incentives for the transfer of academic results into the economy can be expected from this concentrated knowledge. Through the foundation of NIFE, the facility of biomedical engineering in Hannover emphasizes its outstanding status and becomes even more attractive for the settlement of national and international life science companies.