Research for people

Infection – Cancer – Senile dementia

Causes – Contexts – Solutions

Insight must precede application

Max Planck


Infections – current challenge

One of the great achievements of the last century of science and medicine is the near doubling of the average life expectancy.
With the continuous growth of the world population, we face a threat to lose that progress, formed by new challenges, such as pandemics, multi-resistant germs, and imbalances in our microbiome.
The health hazard caused by chronic infections of bacterial pathogens is particularly underestimated. The accompanying inflammatory processes are associated with the development of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.


Our goals – Innovation through fundamental knowledge

We fund research on infection processes and their potential long-term hazardous consequences. We consider the underestimated importance of infectious agents in the development of cancer and senile dementia – Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease – to be particularly important. There is convincing evidence for these connections; however, the underlying biological mechanisms are still very much in the dark.
Notably, the elucidation of the molecular relationships is a prerequisite for developing effective preventive and therapeutic agents. This is where the goals of the foundation come in.


Our conviction – basic science as a prerequisite for improved quality of life

The Focus Biomed Foundation aims to promote innovative research in the field of infection research in order to reveal new, profound connections to the role of microorganisms in our health and ultimately pave the way for the sustainable development of preventive and therapeutic approaches.

The Foundation is guided by the guiding principle formulated by the UNESCO Commission “Science for the 21st Century – A New Commitment” (1999):
“Science should serve all humanity and help create a deeper understanding of nature and society, a better quality of life, and a sustainable and healthy environment for present and future generations.”

The foundation follows Max Planck’s principle:
Insight must precede application“,
according to which the basic sciences are a guarantor for the successful utilization of the knowledge gained.