Tübingen, Germany, October 2022
Ten years ago, Computomics was founded as a spin-off from the Max Planck Institute for Biology and the University of Tübingen, Germany. Computomics offers a proprietary machine learning technology that applies AI to genetics, phenotype, microbiome, and environmental datasets. For a decade, customers around the world have shown trust in our technology, reliability, and our continuous innovations. We are thrilled to celebrate this significant milestone with the whole Computomics team.
In 2012, Dr. Sebastian J. Schultheiss finished his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Biology and the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society, where he worked on developing machine learning methods for genomic data sets. With the technological improvements of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and the strong cost decrease of DNA sequencing, the founders received many requests for data analysis. That was the impetus for founding Computomics. Besides Sebastian and his co-founder Dr. Tobias Dezulian, four full-time professors were involved as scientific advisors. All four professors continue to have a scientific advisory role within the company.
You might wonder how the company name was created. Sebastian, Managing Director at Computomics, describes its origin: “We apply computational methods to a wide area of research classified as “–omics”, for instance genomics or transcriptomics. With that in mind, we combined the two main elements and came up with the name Computomics.”
As of today, Computomics has developed into a globally recognized partner for seed companies. Global challenges like population increase and climate change affecting global agricultural production are the main drivers for Computomics’ motivation to develop game-changing solutions.
In more than 180 successfully completed projects for customers in 18 countries on 4 continents, Computomics enabled clients to make data-driven decisions and thereby accelerate sustainable agricultural development that can feed the world.
Sebastian: “We need to breed new crop varieties that can cope with climate and environmental change. As the world population is predicted to grow to 10 billion by 2050, feeding the growing population requires significantly more food. We have developed a disruptive technology that accelerates plant breeding, allowing our customers to bring new crop varieties to market in half the time. Our technology ensures supply chain continuity as crops can be adapted for multiple countries and climates.”
A big thanks goes to all people who have accompanied us in the last 10 years—colleagues, advisors, investors, clients, family and friends—and made Computomics to what it is and what it stands for today. We are looking forward to continuing this successful journey and to collaborate with many more companies and individuals to bring about this necessary change.
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