Berlin Institute of Health was founded in March 2013 by Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) in Berlin-Buch as a unique biomedical research institute. It brings together the synergetic scientific research competence of the two institutions, intensifying their long-standing project-based collaboration and creating a novel structure for translational research – in one institution. Two basic, closely interrelated questions are the focal point of the new institution: How can advances in life sciences be better converted into medical benefits such as new diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive procedures and, in the best of cases, contribute to health? And inversely: how can clinical needs and challenges be better considered in the design of basic research?

Since the founding of MDC in 1992, it has successfully cooperated with Charité in individual and group projects. In July 2011, the two institutions signed a memorandum of understanding to work together in the form of a joint institution. With Berlin Institute of Health, a unique cooperative research institution was created in 2013. Berlin has now emerged as one of the most prominent locations internationally for advanced translational research – a center of attraction for top-level scientists and clinicians from around the world. First discussions about establishing Berlin Institute of Health were held between Germany’s former Minister of Health Annette Schavan and Berlin’s former Senator for Research Jürgen Zöllner in 2011. On 6 November 2012, plans for establishing BIH were announced by the German federal and Berlin state governments, which together signed the administrative agreement in January 2013. Two months later, on 25 March 2013, the founding agreement was signed by Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association, the German Ministry for Education and Research, the Berlin Senate Department for Education, Youth, and Science, and the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. Berlin Institute of Health was initially founded as an internal GbR (a partnership under civil law).  Since 23 April 2015, BIH is a Körperschaft des öffentlichen rechts (KöR) and thus independent and vested with legal capacity.

Further Milestones

April 2013

The Founding Supervisory Board holds its constitutive meeting.

May 2013

Evaluation of Scientific Concept

July 2013

An international evaluation commission presents its assessment of the new institution’s scientific concept. The assessment is highly positive.

September 2013

The Head Office begins its work.

September-November 2013

On the basis of the scientific concept joint project groups formed by the Charité and MDC develop implementation plans for the research program.

October 2013

The members of the Scientific Advisory Board are nominated.

November 2013

A first funding call (for Collaborative Research Grants) is published.

December 2013

The Directorate develops the research and budget plan with detailed measures and milestones.

February 2014

The Scientific Advisory Board meets for its founding session.

April 2014

The first Collaborative Research projects begin their activities.

June 2014

The first pathfinder studies are chosen at the CRU.

September 2014

The first BIH professorship "Experimentelle Herz-Kreislaufforschung" is being established.

March 2015

The Berlin House of Representatives passes the "Gesetz zur Errichtung des Berliner Instituts für Gesundheitsforschung" (Legislation for the formation of the Berlin Institute of Health).

April 2015

The legislation enabling the formation of the Berlin Institute of Health is passed into effect.

January 2016

BIH operates as independent corporation under public law

June 2016

Supervisory Board approves “BIH Strategy 2026”

November 2016

Supervisory Board approves “Strategy Implementation Plan 2017–2020”

Januar 2017

The Digital Health Accelerator of the BIH is founded.

Oktober 2017

The first BIH Johanna Quandt Professor Petra Ritter is appointed.

November 2017

Opening of the BIH QUEST Center with BIH Chair Ulrich Dirnagl.

April 2018

Opening of BIH Digital Health Center with BIH Chair Roland Eils.

Dezember 2018

DFG supports Digital Clinician Scientist Program as an innovative career path of the BIH Academy.

Februar 2019

EU supports RESTORE project of BIH Regeneration with 1 Mio Euro.

Juni 2019

BIH Chair Christof von Kalle heads the Center for Clinical Studies of BIH and Charité.

Juli 2019

The Government and the State of Berlin sign the administrative agreement on the integration of the BIH into the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin.