Like all 86 institutes of the Max Planck Society (MPG), our institute is dedicated to basic research. As Nobel laureate and the founder of quantum physics Max Planck (1858–1947) emphasized, “knowledge must precede application”. Not only did he serve as president of our predecessor organization, the Kaiser Wilhelm Society (KWG), but he also became the namesake of the MPG.
Following in the footsteps of Max Planck and other great scientists who came before us, our aim is to get to the bottom of natural phenomena and better understand biochemical relationships. In so doing, we have created numerous advances with practical applications, especially for medical diagnostics and therapy.
To achieve this, an interdisciplinary approach is crucial: our institute is a state-of- the-art center for life sciences and primarily employs scientists trained in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine and computer science, as well as a variety of non-scientific professional groups.