MDC Berlin

Facts and figures

Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)

Mission

The MDC is one of the world’s leading biomedical research centers. MDC scientists analyze how the human body works in both health and disease. But above all, their basic research discoveries aim to benefit patients as quickly as possible – whether that’s paving the way for better diagnostics and therapies or preventing healthy people from getting sick.

Year founded

1992

Namesake

Berlin-born Nobel laureate Max Delbrück (1906–1981), one of the founders of molecular biology

Locations

Organizational form

Leadership

Employees

1,254 employees (current as of 2019)

  • 832 working in scientific research
  • 405 in administration

Percentage of women:

  • Scientific research: 61.7%
  • Administration: 60%

MDC Gender Equality Plan

Percentage of foreign scientists: 55.23%

    Main research areas

    The 83 labs at the MDC undertake research across four main areas and at the ECRC (see below):

    The MDC is also home to 18 technology platforms that develop scientific methods and technologies.

    Translation – transfer of research findings into medical practice

    The MDC has close partnerships with Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin within:

    The MDC also cooperates with other university hospitals through the German Center for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK).

    The MDC is a founding member of Berlin Research 50 (association of Berlin's non-university research institutions). Founding coordinator of the Life Sciences Section is Thomas Sommer

    Scientific excellence

    • 26 European Research Council grants (ERC-Grants) have been awarded to MDC scientists
    • Ernst Jung Prize winner: 1 (press release)
    • Leibniz Prize winners: 4
    • EMBO members: 9
    • Leopoldina members: 5
    • Second place among non-university research institutions in the area of life sciences in the DFG Funding Atlas (2018)

    Publications

    533 scientific papers (current as of: 2019)

    Funding

    90% from the German federal government (Federal Ministry of Education and Research);
    10% from the State of Berlin

    Budget

    • €94.2 million from core funding
    • €36.2 million from third-party funding (incl. the BIH )

    (current as of 2019)