On 28 and 29 June the INFRAFRONTIER Industry & Innovation Workshop took place in Munich. 88 participants from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, among them 23 representatives from industry, discussed technological innovations, how biopharma uses mammalian models in drug discovery and how the resources and services provided by the INFRAFRONTIER Research Infrastructure and the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC) can support translational research. In two panels the ‘Impact of CRISPR technology’ and the ‘Impact of rodents as models of human diseases’ were explored, taking particularly the issue of animal welfare into account. The workshop provided ample opportunity to initiate new collaborations and new alliances between industry and academia. In addition, eleven suppliers were able to present their goods and services at 11 booths in the exhibition area.