After three years of construction, the Clinical Research Center (CRC) Hannover was opened on 8 September. Jointly operated by the Fraunhofer ITEM, the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research and the Hannover Medical School (MHH), in particular early clinical research for drug development is to be conducted here. The CRC offers space for a biobank and an epidemiological research platform, with which a major step for developing the infrastructure of research and drug development in Lower Saxony has been taken.
A two- to five-storey building was constructed in alignment to the urban environment, accommodating the various sections of the research labs, the ambulant and stationary treatment rooms, office areas as well as a cafeteria.
A distinctive feature is the isolated patient area, which offers a wide range of activities, and is equipped with its own green gardens and terraces. These together guarantee all-round care with resting and recreational areas combined with a high measure of residential comfort for participants in the clinical trials.
The Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft provided the funds to build the CRC.
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