About us

Human connections are what make our network strong

The greater the number of smart people gather in one place, the better the results and the more swiftly market maturity is reached. This is how good ideas are transformed into viable innovations.

At the Invention Center on the RWTH Aachen Campus we are totally in tune with this philosophy: We concentrate all our expertise and enthusiasm for pioneering technology and innovation management in our approach to new partners and foster enduring contacts with them in our TIM community. It is the human component that makes our partnerships special.

Toni Drescher
Center Management


Tel.: 0049 (0) 241 8904 250

Dr. Bernd Robertz
Business Development


Tel.: 0049 (0) 241 51038 609

Tim Wetterney


Tel.: 0049 (0) 241 8904  563

Antje Hachmöller
Product Development


Tel.: 0049 (0) 241 8904 314


KEX Knowledge Exchange AG

KEX Knowledge Exchange AG is a professional service provider of technology and market information. The enterprise channels more than 20 years of experience from institutes of different subject areas in Aachen in information research, evaluation and interpretation. Smart knowledge management systems and extensive connections to exclusive information sources as well as to a unique network of experts facilitate effective scanning, scouting and monitoring of technologies and markets. With demand-specific provision of information KEX supports entrepreneurial decisions – from identifying market relevant technologies through observation of markets, competitors and M&A candidates to identifying new markets.

Fraunhofer IPT

The Fraunhofer IPT develops new solutions and optimizes existing ones for the modern manufacturing plant on behalf of its clients. The mission of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT is to carry out application and industry oriented research and development for companies across all manufacturing sectors. The results of our work are immediately and directly implemented within the day-to-day practice of our customers. Our focus extends from automotive suppliers through aerospace, precision mechanics and optical industries to machine tool construction.

Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL)

The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of the RWTH Aachen conducts fundamental research as well as responding to the demands of industry via specialized research and consultation projects and develops innovative, hard-wearing solutions for securing successful company development. The goal – to address and resolve the whole spectrum of production technological questions under one roof- has generated an environment which fosters a broad field of activity, including strategic innovation, production and quality management as well as control, machine, manufacturing and measuring technology.

TIME Research Area

TIME stands for technology, innovation, marketing and entrepreneurship. Members of the research area follow an ambitious teaching and research program with a clear focus on conception, development and commercialization of technological innovation. The mutual goal is to provide scientists, practitioners and students with valuable, empirical findings for questions relating to concept, development, design, commercialization and the continuous optimization of new products, services and business models within established and new organizations. By channeling the expertise and experience of the chairs, the TIME Research Area offers a unique mix of knowledge, global networks and practical application and transfer experience.