The last decade has witnessed major breakthroughs in the fields of molecular, cellular and systems biology, and also in related enabling technologies. These innovations fuel a general excitement that a molecular up to systems understanding of health and disease is within reach.
These developments have lead to establishment of the Amsterdam Institute for Molecules, Medicines and Systems (AIMMS) at 1 April 2010. In AIMMS, 17 of the best research groups in pharmaceutical sciences, life sciences, computational life sciences and molecular sciences at VU University have joined forces. By integrating these scientific disciplines, AIMMS is aiming at the elucidation of molecular mechanisms of diseases and the development of novel and safer drugs, therapeutics (e.g. proteins, antibodies and other biologics) and diagnostics (e.g. molecular and translational biomarkers).
Research of AIMMS is clustered in three programmes:
- Molecular mechanisms of biological processes
- Design and characterization of molecules and medicines
- Biomarkers and diagnostics
The success of a research institute is very much dependent on the quality of its human capital. AIMMS is putting emphasis on a broad and high-quality academic education of Master's and PhD students and presents itself as an attractive host for talented post-docs and tenured staff.
AIMMS considers strong links to external stakeholders in the field as an ideal basis for successful long-term funding and as interesting opportunities for new funding. AIMMS actively pursues opportunities towards valorisation of its scientific achievements and knowledge, its technology facilities and services, and its intellectual property.
The research groups involved in AIMMS belong to:
- Department of Molecular Cell Biology at the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences
- Department of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Faculty of Sciences
- Centre for Integrative Bio-informatics at both Faculty of Sciences and Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences
And since January 1st, 2017:
- Department of Environment and Health at the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences