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In late 2017, TU Dortmund University joined forces with Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, the German companies Bayer AG, LB Bohle GmbH and Merck KGaA, as well as UCB S.A. from Belgium to found the Drug Delivery Innovation Center (DDIC). Since then, representatives from the world of science and industry have been working together in this open consortium to develop advanced manufacturing processes and delivery forms for state-of-the-art drugs. Now an expansion is set to create even more space for laboratories. Prof. Gerhard Schembecker from the Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering at TU Dortmund University attended the groundbreaking ceremony in Leverkusen on 10 September.
“For three and a half years, the DDIC has been pooling research efforts in pharmaceutical technology and combining the skills of various key players,” says Prof. Gerhard Schembecker. “The expansion of our premises is a visible sign of the collaboration’s exceptional success and the network’s steady growth. The new building opens up unique opportunities for us as researchers to validate our ideas under real-life conditions and thus bring them one step closer to industrial application.” The expansion is being built at the INVITE research center on the Chempark site in Leverkusen, where the DDIC is based. It will cost around six million euros and create a further 1,200 square meters of laboratory and office space, which will allow for 25 additional workstations. Some of the new laboratories will be equipped for processing highly potent active ingredients up to a maximum concentration of OEL 4. The expansion is set be completed and the laboratories ready for operation by early 2023. The EU is funding the construction of this research infrastructure expansion with resources from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The DDIC is a precompetitive consortium that aims to advance the pharmaceutical sciences in the field of drug delivery along the entire value chain and promote multidisciplinary research networks. That is why additive and plant manufacturers are also integrated into the network alongside pharmaceutical companies. It is managed by INVITE GmbH, a public-private partnership between TU Dortmund University, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and Bayer AG. In addition to future-oriented research, the DDIC is also committed to promoting young scientists.
Fundamental research at TU Dortmund University
The Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering at TU Dortmund University is heavily involved in the DDIC. Since modern pharmaceuticals often contain substances that are not easily soluble, the department can lay valuable groundwork for new production and delivery forms. It can also contribute its expertise in the field of production technology for pharmaceuticals. In addition to Prof. Gerhard Schembecker, Prof. Gabriele Sadowski, Dr. Christoph Brandenbusch and Prof. Markus Thommes (chairman of the scientific advisory board of the DDIC) also play a key role. The DDIC is the perfect complement to the diverse range of existing research institutes dedicated to drug discovery at TU Dortmund University – the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV, the Drug Discovery Hub Dortmund (DDHD), the Center for Integrated Drug Research (ZIW), and the affiliated Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology (MPI).
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.