Manufacturing Innovation

Fraunhofer USA

Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI) 

Dr. Andre Sharon (foreground) with Dr. Vidadi Yusibov inspecting plants in the automated factory for plant-based pharmaceuticals.  They were awarded the prestigious Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for Science and Innovation for the development of a fully automated factory for the production of plant-based pharmaceuticals.

The Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI), together with its partners, Boston University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology in Aachen, Germany, conducts advanced research and development leading to engineering solutions for a broad range of industries, including biotech/biomedical, photonics, and renewable energy. 

Engineers, scientists, faculty, and students at CMI transform emerging research into viable technology solutions that meet the needs of both domestic and global clients. CMI's services include product and device development, high precision automation systems, and laboratory assays & instruments.

Representative systems under development at CMI:

  • The design and fabrication of a system to automatically take tissue samples from live corn plants for genetic testing.
  • A new internal diameter grinding system which reduces grinding costs while maintaining or improving part quality.
  • Microfluidic Platform for Rapid Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing -- based on stress-activation of biosynthetic pathways that are primary targets of antibiotics.

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Contact Information:
Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation
15 St. Mary’s Street
Brookline, MA 02446-8200


Tel: (617) 353 1888
Fax: (617) 353 1896

Parent Institute:

Dr. Andre Sharon, Executive Director