AbstractModern medicine is exploring novel strategies for curative therapies like minimally-invasive treatment procedures, approaches
for inducing endogenous regeneration, and targeted drug delivery, which are based on innovative multifunctional
polymeric biomaterials. Since protein-biomaterial surface interactions can critically affect the performance of such
materials in a biological environment, the strategic goal of the new Helmholtz Virtual Institute „Multifunctional Materials
for Medicine“ is to gain a comprehensive understanding of these complex processes in order to control the applicationrelevant
protein adsorption behaviour in the future. The activities of this Helmholtz Virtual Institute initiative are integrated
into the regional cluster “Healthcare Industry Berlin-Brandenburg – Health Capital”.