ZEISS research sites Research of today for the applications of tomorrow
The sites in figures
Research locations in Karlsruhe (KIT) and Dresden (DD) with ambitious teams.
Employees who continuously develop ideas and evaluate the latest trends and future technologies
Student works supervised since 2020
KIT start-ups in the Innovation Hub Karlsruhe
Main research areas:
Integrated photonics and miniaturized sensors
Medical robotics and assistance systems
Engineered biology &
Sustainability and circular economy.
This is what the team in Karlsruhe is researching
Micro- and nanofabrication allows many electronic and photonic components to be on a single chip. The scope of application for this integrated optoelectronic approach such for compact sensor systems is being explored at KIT. This also includes medical robotics and assistance systems, sustainability and the circular economy.
This is what the team in Dresden is researching
Genetic engineering to combat hereditary diseases, 3D-printed tissue as a substitute for donor transplants, living sensors: the Innovation Hub in Dresden focuses primarily on organoids (complex 3D tissue models) for pharmaceutical research,bespoke and regenerative medicine.
The input comes from globally recognized academic research and innovative start-ups.
The guiding principle – and its meaning
Technologies with Technology Readyness Level (TRL) of 4-6 form the starting point. They offer growth opportunities that transcend the current business area roadmaps.
into the applications of tomorrow
The innovations have the potential to shape the next 10 to 20 years. We think big, but start small so that we can foresee market successes in good time.
ZEISS keeps its eye on all markets and therefore knows which solutions are in demand. But before these can be developed, their feasibility and profitability are first assessed.
To find and develop ideas, diverse partners are essential for the teams in Karlsruhe and Dresden.
A team with ambitions
From student to revolutionary
Sophia, Innovation Scout
After her studies at KIT, Sophia decided to do a PhD: "It blew my mind to think that my research could impact the future of medicine." In her doctoral thesis, she carried out the groundwork to developa bonding agent between implant and bone.
From butterfly wings to his own start-up
Guillaume, Materials Researcher
"I was blown away when I heard about the high amount of light a butterfly can absorb and the many nanoholes in its wings," Guillaume reveals. Hisobjective is to adapt this phenomenon in science and harness the genius of nature to benefit science.
Leonie, R&D Engineer Ophthalmic Surgery
From student to employee at MED
Anne, Innovation Manager
From researcher to innovation manager
Carolin, Robotics Applications Researcher
From physicist to developer
Marius, Doctoral Student:
From Master's Thesis to PhD
Adrián, Optics Ophthalmology Researcher
From graduate to hub employee
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Innovation Hub Dresden
Visit the site in Dresden – in the middle of the campus of the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden.
ZEISS Innovation Hub Dresden
01307 Dresden, Germany
Innovation Hub Karlsruhe
Visit the location at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
– an idyll situated on the edge of the Black Forest.
ZEISS Innovation Hub at KIT
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany