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Innovation Hubs Turning today’s research into tomorrow’s applications – together

A unique location in the middle of growing innovation ecosystems: that's what makes the ZEISS Innovation Hubs so special. Here, employees are able to develop strong ideas, explore approaches and optimize them through feasibility studies. The result: highly innovative solutions that are used in ZEISS' own business units or help customers make the impossible possible.

About the two hubs and their focus areas

This is what the team in Karlsruhe is working on

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 working on

This is what the team in Dresden is working on

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.

Our ambition

Today's research

Turning today’s research

Technologies with Technology Readyness Level (TRL) of 4-6 form the starting point. They offer growth opportunities that transcend the current business area roadmaps.

digital fingerprint

into tomorrow’s

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.

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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.

Hands together

– together.

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 develop a 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. His objective is to adapt this phenomenon in science and harness the genius of nature to benefit science.

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ZEISS 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
Blasewitzer Straße 41
01307 Dresden, Germany

ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT

Visit the location directly at the North Campus of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the national research center in the Helmholtz Association.

ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 6
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany