NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials

The National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Bio-Inspired Materials is based at the University of Fribourg. This interdisciplinary center is an internationally recognized hub for paradigm-shifting research, innovation, and education in the domain of “smart” materials whose function and design are inspired by nature.


Simulating embryo formation

NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials researchers have used a microfluidic device to model embryonic formation with stem cells, paving the way for more controlled growth of specific human tissues in the laboratory.

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Medicines made of solid gold

NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials funded research on the effects of gold nanoparticles on certain types of immune cell is paving the way for more effective vaccines and therapies.

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Encouraging female researchers

Ahead of the national women's strike on June 14, NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials Equal Opportunities Delegate, Prof. Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser, talked to Fribourg newspaper La Liberté about how she tries…

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