The foundation stone of the new laboratory building for the Leibniz Institute for Natural Substance Research and Infection Biology in Jena was laid on 18 June 2019. State-of-the-art workplaces for the scientists and technical staff will be built in 2000 square metres of usable space by the summer of 2021. In future they will be able to dedicate themselves to the investigation of infection processes and the search for new agents to combat infectious diseases under optimal conditions in the building. Installation of the foundation stone took place in the presence of institute director Axel Brakhage, Thomas Nitzsche, lord mayor of Jena, Walter Rosenthal, president of the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena and Prof. Hans Nickl.
In his presentation of the architectural concept, Prof. Hans Nickl emphasised that the design of the new laboratory building will fit into the physical ensemble of HKI, while its high functional quality will meet the requirements of outstanding biotechnology research.