• We are pioneers … creating space for 
    a new kind of research

  • We are pioneers … sharing our expertise 
    with the world

  • We are pioneers … building bridges 
    across disciplines

  • We are pioneers …  pushing the boundaries 
    of research


Zooming in on the essentials of life!

Literate in a variety of disciplines, Dr. Oliver Bruns combines cutting-edge technologies to bring unseen physiological processes to light. Since January 2018, he pursues his interdisciplinary approach to research at the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus, a new initiative at the Helmholtz Zentrum München.


Transforming an Idea into Reality

The first Helmholtz Pioneer Campus recruiting symposium delivers outstanding science and shapes the underlining Pioneer Campus concept.


Team Leader Candidate Symposium

The Helmholtz Pioneer Campus gathers momentum: the first Team Leader Candidate Symposium will take place on Monday, December 4th 2017.


Innovation results from interdisciplinary cooperation

The Pioneer Campus brings together the most advanced technologies in biomedicine and engineering to further accelerate the Center’s excellence in metabolism and other areas of outstanding expertise.


Breakthroughs that Transform Discovery

Scientifically, we are looking for interdisciplinary researchers that embrace human organoids and mini-organ technologies. Putting these on custom-engineered ‘biochips’ will enable unprecedented possibilities for bio- imaging and –sensing as well as the manifold high-throughput -omics and...

The Helmholtz Pioneer Campus

HPC is an innovation campus with a startup culture, routed in the Helmholtz Zentrum Munich and part of the Helmholtz Association, Germany’s largest research community. HPC stands for the smart fusion of biomedical sciences, engineering and digitization in a research environment that has no parallel in Europe. Helmholtz Pioneers pave the way for tomorrow’s biomedical breakthroughs. Teams of top scientific talents from all over the world work together on the development of novel solutions that make a difference in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of metabolic diseases. HPC gets its name from Hermann von Helmholtz (1821- 1894), a physician and physicist, polymath and science pioneer. HPC aspires to the research excellence Helmholtz embodies.


We are pioneers, our mission is ...

... driving discovery

We address the big challenges in biomedicine and engineer novel solutions that enable decisive breakthroughs in metabolic disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Research that pushes boundaries is our passion.

HPC Future Research Areas

Microfluidics, Organ on-chip
Matthias Meier, Stanford* 
Next Gen in-vivo Brain Imaging

Bio-Sensing, Bio-Imaging
Oliver Bruns, MIT*  
Material- and Tissue Engineering

Molecular Aging, Single-cell Heterogeneity,

Spatial Transcriptomics

Bio-Computation, Gender Medicine,

3D-Genome Architecture

*affiliation before joining HPC

... facilitating discovery

We enable intellectual freedom with flat organizational structures, less bureaucracy and open communication channels. We provide creative space with exceptional resources and leading-edge infrastructure.

HPC Infrastructure

  • Substantial start-up and running costs for innovative pioneer teams with no teaching obligations.
  • Funding has been secured for a state of the art research building hosting up to 20 teams with scheduled opening in 2021.
  • We are testing digital processes for effective interdisciplinary research and efficient science administration.
  • We are based in Munich, European hub for engineering, life sciences and IT and voted one of the the most liveable cities in the world (Mercer ranking).

... accelerating discovery

We create new tools and technologies in interdisciplinary teams combining the skills of exceptional engineers, biologists, physicists, physicians and data specialists.

... communicating discovery

We share our expertise and methods within the Helmholtz Association as well as local and global (academic, corporate, societal) partners, providing impetus and inspiration for future medicines to improve societal health.

HPC Conferences & Networks

Successful international conferences

  • Annual Helmholtz-Nature Medicine Conferences since 2013
  • Coming soon: Global Keystone Conference in Munich: „Engineering Biomedical Breakthroughs“

Established networks
Stephen Quake, CZ Biohub Stanford · Katia Karalis, Emulate Inc. · L. Boyer, MIT · M. Haigis, Harvard · F. Slack, Harvard · P. Frenette Einstein · S. Raffii, Weill Cornell · A. Giraldez, Yale · O. Shirihai, UCLA · M.Teitell, UCLA · K. Plath, UCLA · F. de Sauvage, Genentech


Prof. Dr. Matthias Tschöp
Director of Biomedicine

Prof. Dr. Vasilis Ntziachristos
Director of Bioengineering

Dr. Thomas Schwarz-Romond
Director of Operations