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Inauguration of new deep tech incubator, the Advanced Materials Lab, by INAM and Humboldt University

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

Date: 12 May, 2022

Last Thursday, 12 May 2022, representatives of INAM e.V. and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin welcomed numerous guests from business, politics, research, and education to the opening event of the incubator program "AdMaLab - The Berlin Materials and Hardware Lab" in the IRIS-Adlershof research building at Humboldt-Universität.

As part of the "Berlin Startup Stipend" funding program, the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises has provided INAM e.V. and its cooperation partners with around EUR 1.1 million to set up an incubator program tailored to material science startups.

At the festive opening event, the AdMaLab team led by Oliver Hasse, Managing Director of the Innovation Network for Advanced Materials (INAM) e.V., and Prof. Dr. Emil List-Kratochvil, Deputy Director of IRIS Adlershof and Head of the Hybrid Devices Research Group, were able to welcome Berlin's Secretary of State for Economic Affairs Michael Biel and Prof. Dr. Christoph Schneider, Vice President for Research at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, representatives of the first participating startups as well as numerous international guests from business, research, education and politics in the IRIS-Adlershof research building.

Oliver Hasse, Managing Director of INAM e.V., presented the AdMaLab program, into which more than six years of experience in working with and developing high-tech startups have flowed: "With the AdMaLab incubator program, the Berlin Senate is sending a strong signal: "Analogue" innovations have and need their place in Berlin's startup eco-system. Innovative company founders from the so-called hardware deep tech sector are given an important opportunity by the AdMaLab – probably even essential - support in the difficult start-up phase. They often do not only lack money, but also access to laboratories for product development."

Three of the startups already working at IRIS Adlershof took the opportunity to introduce themselves to the guests: Ucaneo Biotech (Carla Glassl and Florian Tiller) and Meloon (Daniel Cortes, Stefan Nottensteiner and Süleyman Kösem), which each want to bring their own approaches to carbon capture to market maturity, and FaradaIC (Ryan Guterman and Hezi Tenenboim), which is developing a miniaturized sensor for breath analysis, introduced themselves.

Prof. Emil List-Kratochvil concludes: "We are very grateful to the Berlin Senate Department that we are now able to help founders get started as entrepreneurs in the highly complex field of material innovations by providing advice, practical assistance and Lab

– an important step in improving technology transfer between science and industry. We look forward to numerous exciting innovations and business ideas."


With the Berlin Startup Scholarship, from which the funds for the "AdMaLab" flow, the state of Berlin has launched a funding program to turn the innovative ideas of those willing to start up a business into products. With the funding from the European Social Fund and the state of Berlin, 120 scholarship holders have so far been able to advance their business ideas in various subject areas. This success can now be further expanded with the AdMaLab in the field of material sciences.

INAM - Innovation Network for Advanced Materials e.V. (

INAM - Innovation Network for Advanced Materials e.V. has been helping startups with a scientific background at every stage of the business cycle since 2016. In early phases, INAM connects startups with research institutions to bring their products to market and validate initial results. Early on, the focus is on connecting with corporates as well as small and medium enterprises, who are at the same time customers but also supporters in the growth efforts. INAM is increasingly carrying out activities in this context. One of these activities is the Advanced Materials Competition - AdMaCom. This focused, two-week accelerator takes place once or twice a year and invites the best 10 high-tech startups from countless international applicants. In addition to prize money, the winner receives intensive support in business development afterwards. Among the member companies of INAM are AGC, Bosch, CDT / Sumitomo Chemical Group, Continental - ContiTech, Infineon, JX Materials, Otto Krahn Group, SAES Getters, SDC, Sony, as well as Berlin-based companies Atotech, Specs Group, Wista Management GmbH and Humboldt University, and more than 80 international startups.

Humboldt University Berlin / Integrative Research Institute for the Sciences (

Integrative Research Institutes (IRI) are interdisciplinary research institutes at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. They focus on research fields in which Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin strives for a leading international position. At an IRI, scientists from the university work closely with cooperation partners as well as international guests. The Integrative Research Institute for the Sciences - IRIS Adlershof - was founded in 2009 as the first IRI at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Among other things, novel hybrid materials and functional systems are researched here across disciplines and disciplines. Through bridging professorships, the establishment of a joint infrastructure such as the Joint Lab for Generative Manufacturing Processes with the Innovation Lab HySPRINT of Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, as well as a growing collaboration with industry, IRIS provides important impulses for the development of the Adlershof location.

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