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Six people with spades in hand standing behind a small heap of earth that has been piled up. © INVITE GmbH
Spade at the ready to kick off the expansion of the Drug Delivery In­no­va­ti­on Center: (from left to right) Tonia Tonnes (INVITE), Werner Hoheisel (INVITE), Gerhard Schem­becker (TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity), Olaf Queckenberg (Bayer), Armin Knors (Bayer) and Ildikó Terebesi (INVITE).

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).


Drug Delivery In­no­va­ti­on Center (DDIC)


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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”.

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