SIB is a leading organization in biological and biomedical data science. It maximizes the impact of, and investments in scientific projects by making data FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable), provides long-term access to leading Swiss biodata resources, and is a high-quality partner enabling innovation in academia, hospitals and industry. It does this through its complementary pillars on coordination, open databases and software tools, and centre of excellence. Discover below who we are, our vision, mission and what is bioinformatics. Also find out about our history and impact over the years as data scientists for life, and sign up for our activity report.
In a nutshell
SIB is an internationally recognized non-profit organization, dedicated to biological and biomedical data science.
Our data scientists are passionate about creating knowledge and solving complex questions in many fields, from biodiversity and evolution to medicine. They provide essential databases and software platforms as well as bioinformatics expertise and services to academic, clinical, and industry groups.
SIB federates the Swiss bioinformatics community of some 900 scientists, encouraging collaboration and knowledge sharing.
The institute contributes to keeping Switzerland at the forefront of innovation by fostering progress in biological research and enhancing health.
At SIB, we know that expertise with life science data is key to solving many of the world’s most pressing challenges. By unlocking the potential of biological and biomedical data, we aim to generate knowledge and innovate for a better future.
Our mission is to push the boundaries of data science through in-depth knowledge of biological data, cutting-edge technologies, and interdisciplinary collaborations.
- We provide researchers and clinicians with outstanding resources, services and training, to accelerate innovation in many fields, from medicine and health to the preservation of biodiversity and the environment.
- We represent and federate Swiss bioinformatics. By fostering a culture of scientific excellence and collaboration, we contribute to ensuring Switzerland remains one of the most innovative countries in the world.
Our activity report: the SIB Profile
Our activity report is published every year. In the SIB Profile, you will discover our institution and its functioning, yearly highlights, and focus chapters to dive into selected hot topics, from machine learning to biodiversity.
Bioinformatics: a definition
Life scientists and clinicians have long tried to assemble data and evidence to find the right answers to fundamental questions. Today, however, there is no shortage of data, and we find ourselves with a different issue. New technologies are producing data at an unprecedented speed, and in such quantity and variety that they can no longer be interpreted by the human mind alone.
Bioinformatics is the application of computer technology to better understand and effectively use biological and biomedical data. It is the discipline that stores, analyses and interprets the big data generated by life-science experiments, or collected in a clinical context. This multidisciplinary field is driven by experts from a variety of backgrounds: biologists, computer scientists, mathematicians, statisticians and physicists.
- Databases for storing, retrieving and organizing curated information to maximise the value of biological data
- Software tools for modelling, visualizing, interpreting and comparing biological data
- Analysis of complex datasets using novel statistical approaches or machine learning techniques
- Research harnessing computational methods to develop solutions in various areas, such as agriculture and precision medicine
- Computing and storage infrastructure to process and safeguard large amounts of biological data