Focus and Philosophy

Ribocon is a bioinformatics company located in Bremen, Germany, and committed to all computational aspects of molecular identification and community profiling of microorganisms, with a portfolio spanning:

  • high-quality DNA sequence reference databases and data sets (marker genes such as the ribosomal RNA, as well as genomes)
  • bioinformatics tools and services for off-the-shelf data processing based on standardized processes

The backbone of microbial identification and diversity analysis, represented by resources such as reference databases, taxonomies, and different guidelines of microbial systematics, provides a framework of only virtual standards, not governed by binding rules. Instead, there are just commonly accepted practices by the scientific community which however are not reflected by central authorative repositories, often hampering straightforward data analysis in the field of microbial identification.

Our mission is to represent a unique interface in microbial systematics by transforming and extending state-of-the-art resources (data and rules) and solutions (tools) to

    (i)  enable advances in the fields of environmental, clinical, and industrial microbiology, and to
    (ii)  comply with the requirements of e.g. highly regulated user environments such as pharmaceutical industry.
To facilitate this, Ribocon liaises with several academic projects and initiatives on microbial diversity and systematics, as documented by our Co-operations and Collaborations.

Who we are

Ribocon is based upon a team of biologists, bioinformaticians, and computer scientists which is highly experienced in microbial DNA sequence analysis, as well as the development of corresponding bioinformatics tools and databases.

Beyond our computational focus, we are also familiar with the methodological aspects of all commonly used molecular techniques, ranging from DNA extraction and PCR to traditional and next generation DNA sequencing, as well as molecular probe-based quantitative in situ detection (FISH) and DNA microarray analysis.

Our expertise and corresponding activities are documented by our List of Selected Publications.

Where we come from

Founded in 2005, Ribocon is a fully independent spin-off of the Microbial Genomics & Bioinformatics Research Group at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany, one of the world's leading institutes for research on microbial diversity.

The name Ribocon combines two central terms of our philosophy, RIBOsome and CONsultancy. The ribosome transforms information (genes) into cellular building blocks and tools (proteins) and symbolizes Ribocon's mission of turning DNA sequence data into knowledge. One of the ribosome's building blocks (the ribosomal RNA) also forms the basis of microbial identification and classification - our core competencies.