High visit to the Brunswick-South scientific campus

(Brunswick – June 27, 2019): The former Federal President and the long-time minister of Lower Saxony Christian Wulff visited the German collection of microorganisms and cultures of the Leibniz Institute station on the occasion of the 50th anniversary. Christian Wulff spent more than two hours in the labs of internationally most diverse biological collections. On the one hand DSMZ is an active collection of microorganisms and cell cultures, as well as a renowned research institute in these areas. After welcoming the scientific director of the Institute Leibniz prof. Dr. Honey. Jörg Overmann and Managing Director Bettina Fischer presented numerous researchers from the Institute's scientists.

Bio Resources and Research in Braunschweig
During a visit to the premises, the former head of state had the opportunity to meet the ampoule warehouse with nearly 400,000 lyophilized microorganisms, sequencers and storage robots. Then Christian Wulff talked with the newly appointed head of the Department of Biological Resources for Biochemistry and Health Research, Prof. dr. Dr. Honey. Yvonne Mast about the current state of bacteriophage science and the natural biosynthetic potential of actinomycetes. Head of Department of Human and Animal Cell Lines, prof. Dr. Honey. Hans G. Drexler points out the benefits of using cell lines in medicine and science, particularly in the study of leukemia-lymphoma. In addition, cell lines, such as those provided by Professor Drexler for more than 30 years in a world of unique quality, make animal experiments superfluous or reduce their need. Finally, the leader of the research group for microbial biotechnology Başak Öztürk presents his research findings on plastic degrading marine bacteria. For organizing the visit of the Federal President a. D. Christian Wulff is the Press and Communications Office of the DSMZ under the leadership of Sven-David Müller with a lecturer Dr. honey. Manuela Schüngel is responsible.

1969 to 2019: 50 years DSMZ
In 1969, the Institute of Leibniz DSMZ was founded at the University of Göttingen. Since 1987, the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH, which is recognized as a non-profit organization, has its headquarters at the Braunschweig-Süd Science Campus in Lower Saxony. As part of the anniversary celebration, Minister of Research Donja Saska Björn Thümler will visit the DSMZ on November 14th. At the central ceremony "DSMZ – 50 years in the service of science" on November 20th with the television director Dr. honey. Susanne Holst, among others, Federal Minister Anja Karliczek and President of the Association Leibniz Dio Matthias Kleiner.

DSMZ: About Us
DSMZ employs around 200 people from 18 countries. The share of women is 70 percent, and 45 percent of female scientists with a female share of almost 50 percent. Of non-scientific employees, the share of women is almost 90 percent. Internationally recognized microbiologist prof. Dr. Honey. For nearly ten years, Jörg Overmann has been running the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-Germany's Microorganism and Cell Culture Collection in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony. Annual DSMZ receives approximately 43,000 orders from microorganisms and cell lines from scientists in more than 80 countries. In addition to bio-resources, DSMZ provides prepared data in its digital collection and offers various databases such as BacDive, the only worldwide metadata database for free use. The Lower Saxony State carries DSMZ, and funds are provided by federal and state governments.

DSMZ Press contact:
Sven-David Müller, Spokesperson of the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH
Tel .: 0531 / 2616-300

About the Institute Leibniz DSMZ
Leibniz Institute DSMZ – German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH is the most diverse collection of biological resources in the world (bacteria, archeology, prostate, yeast, fungi, bacteriophages, plant viruses, genomic DNA and culture of human and animal cells). DSMZ collects, investigates and archives microorganisms and cell cultures. As an institution of the Leibniz Association, DSMZ is a global partner for research, science and industry since 1969 with its extensive scientific services and biological resources. The DSMZ is recognized as a non-profit, first registered collection in Europe (Regulation (EU) No. 511/2014) and is certified according to ISO 9001: 2015 standard. As a patent depositor, Germany offers the only possibility of storing biological material in accordance with the requirements of the Budapest Treaty . In addition to the scientific service, research is also the second pillar of DSMZ. The Institute, based on the Braunschweig-Süd scientific campus, counts more than 69,701 cultures and biomaterials and has 198 employees. www.dsmz.de

About the Leibniz Association
The Leibniz Association connects 95 independent research institutions. Their orientation extends from natural sciences, engineering and environmental science through economics, spatial and social sciences to humanities. The Leibniz Institute is devoted to social, economic and ecologically relevant issues. They conduct cognitive and application-oriented research, including in Leibnis comprehensive research networks, either maintain or maintain scientific infrastructure and offer research-based services. The Leibniz Association focuses on the transfer of knowledge, especially with Leibniz's research museums. It advises and informs politics, science, the economy and the public. Leibniz Institutions maintain close cooperation with universities – i.a. in the form of Leibniz ScienceCampi, with industry and other partners in Germany and abroad. They are subject to a transparent and independent audit process. Because of their national importance, the federal government and the federal states jointly promote the Leibniz association's institutes. The Leibniz Institute employs about 20,000 people, including 10,000 scientists. The total budget of the institute amounts to more than 1.9 billion euros. www.leibniz-gemeinschaft.de

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