Center for Translational Cancer Research (TranslaTUM)

At the university hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar, TUM is creating a center for translational research in oncology that is unparalleled in Germany. The construction of this state-of-the-art research facility will be completed by the end of 2016. The Center is located in close proximity to the university hospital, supporting rapid translation of novel knowledge and technology into patient care. TranslaTUM will be operational by mid-2017.

Overcoming disciplinary borders to fight cancer

"We want to cre­ate a Center that will inspire stu­dents and young scientists and redefine bi­­­­­o­­log­­i­­cal re­search from a knowledge building science to quanti­tative problem solving dis­­ci­pline toward Bi­olo­gical Engineering."
Research group Ntziachristos: Biological Imaging

"We want to understand how malfunctions in the immune system promote oncogenesis, in order to de­vel­op new diag­nostic and ther­­a­peu­tic meth­ods for these diseases."
Research group Ruland: Immun­e signals and cancer


Cancer is one of the great health challenges of our time: only in Germany, 480,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year. However, the discovery of new and promising therapeutic drug targets and subsequent development of new treatment strategies remain challenging. Never before has it been so important to go beyond the borders of biological knowledge and to enforce the strategy of combining the strengths of the life sciences with those of engineering, physics and chemistry in order to pursue a synergistic approach to fighting cancer. The Technical University of Munich (TUM) has taken a bold step in this direction by creating an extraordinary interdisciplinary research center on the campus of the Klinikum rechts der Isar: the Center for Translational Cancer Research (TranslaTUM).

The Center is located in close proximity to the university hospital, thus providing quick and easy access to patients for accelerated translational potential. The ultimate goal of this joint effort is to increase the chances of fi nding a cure for cancer patients.

A modern research building with outstanding potential

TranslaTUM comprises approx. 5,600 square meters of research space and state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, accommodating around 16 working groups from different disciplines. The space is designed to foster hybrid laboratories that combine the requirements for molecular and cell biological, engineering, chemistry and physics research. Furthermore, the architecture of the building provides ample open communication areas, creating a friendly atmosphere that makes it as comfortable as possible to develop new ideas and synergistic collaborations while enjoying a coffee or a snack. Shared core facilities promote the fl ow of ideas and support brainstorming on a daily basis. Further features of the research center include:

The infrastructure of the core facilities will be supported by several items of major instrumentation funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). TranslaTUM is embedded in existing research and clinical structures for cancer research at the School of Medicine at TUM, the Klinikum rechts der Isar (Roman Herzog Comprehensive Cancer Center, RH-CCC) and the Comprehensive Cancer Center Munich.

We are building for the future of medicine

TranslaTUM’s interdisciplinary concept and modern infrastructure create the ideal conditions for achieving significant scientific and medical advances in the field of precision medicine. This will help TranslaTUM grow into a German oncological research center with international visibility.

The construction site of TranslaTUM on the campus of the Klinikum rechts der Isar.
Here are some impressions of the construction proceedings of TranslaTUM between February 2015 and March 2017.