About us

The NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tübingen in Reutlingen is a non-profit foundation under civil law.

Since its foundation in June 1985, an interdisciplinary team of scientists has been conducting application-oriented research at the interface of biological and material sciences. Our mission is the transfer of knowledge and technology into practice. Over the years, work at the NMI has laid the foundation for numerous economic innovations. Our research work has resulted in spin-offs that have successfully established themselves on the market, true to our guiding principle: NMI achieving results.

We accompany companies and public research organizations from idea creation to market approval and market launch of news product and beyond, because we analyze and evaluate the results with the client after comprehensive testing and thus explore new areas together. Our service portfolio also includes sub-projects and individual services, such as first-class consulting, precise technology assessment, successful funding applications, concept development and/or project coordination. In addition, we offer testing services in the accredited area and thus guarantee the highest quality and reliability.

Over the years, the NMI has established itself as a stable bridge between research and industry and has a solid network of collaborations and partners. In addition, the NMI is a member of innBW - the Baden-Württemberg Innovation Alliance.

Our expertise in the fields of pharma & biotech and biomedicine & material sciences covers the following topics:

  •     Biomarkers and bioanalytics
  •     Disease models and mechanisms
  •     Material development and functionalization
  •     Microsystems technology
  •     Safety / Tox
  •     target research
  •     Material and surface analysis

Our values - connecting, competent and flexible - are reflected in all areas of our work.

With its 200 employees from over 15 countries, the NMI in Reutlingen ranks qualitatively among the international elite of applied research in its interdisciplinary fields of activity. We implement the topic of equality and the goals of work-life balance for all employees with conviction and are an attractive employer in the region.

Institute Management

Prof. Dr. Katja Schenke-Layland


is the Director of the NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute in Reutlingen, the CEO of the NMI-TT GmbH, Professor of Medical Technologies and Regenerative Medicine at the Medical Faculty of the University Tübingen (MFT), and the Study Dean of Medical Technologies at the University of Tübingen.

More Information: Schenke-Layland Lab

Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Joos

Deputy Director of the Institute

Since 2013 deputy director of the institute. Diploma in Biochemistry at Eberhard Karls University and PhD in Cell Biology and Embriology at Max Planck Institute, both in Tübingen.

Dr. Stefan Raible

Deputy Director of the Institute

With more than 23 years of experience in the automotive and semiconductor industry in various positions in research, development, production and management.


Administrative Management

Thomas Schweikert

Administrative Manager

Katja Rösslein

Administrative Manager

Division Management

Dr. Monika Bach

Head of Biomedicine & Material Sciences

Dr. Nicole Schneiderhan-Marra

Head of Pharma & Biotech

Prof. Dr. Hansjürgen Volkmer

Head of Pharma & Biotech

Dr. Hanna Hartmann

Head of Biomedicine & Material Sciences
Group Leader Regenerative Biomaterials

The complete NMI-Team

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