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IBA GmbH - solutions for life sciences

IBA GmbH is dedicated to providing high quality product and service solutions for life science research in industry and academia. The comprehensive portfolio ranges from nucleic acid custom services to products and services for cloning, transfection, recombinant protein production and cell isolation. The combination of products and services allows IBA’s clients to choose either the proprietary products or, alternatively, the custom services, which are based on the same technologies, to get their research promoted.

IBA’s nucleic acid unit provides individual and flexible custom services of nucleic acid specialties, including dsRNA as well as modified and fluorescently labeled oligos.

The Strep-tag®/Strep-Tactin® system is ideally suited for purification of highly pure and bioactive protein. It is one of the most widely used affinity chromatography systems in protein purification, detection and immobilization, and offers many advantages. For cloning and transfection IBA offers the “StarGate” cloning system and MATra, an efficient magnet assisted transfection technology using MagTag®.

MHC I Streptamers are available for isolation and staining of functional T cells. The complete detachability of the reagents leaves the cells indistinguishable from untreated cells. New Fab Streptamers allow the selection of eukaryotic cells which are characterized by specific surface markers. The complete reversibility of the reagents yields uncompromised, authentic cells for research, diagnostics and clinical use.


IBA Team

Dr. Mike Rothe

Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer
Mike Rothe has extensive biotech industry experience and expertise in building successful life science companies. His involvement in biotechnology started as a visiting scientist at Genentech, Inc. (South San Francisco, USA) in 1992. From 1994 to early 1999, he was a Staff Scientist and Team Leader at Tularik, Inc. (South San Francisco, USA). In 1999, Dr. Rothe joined DeveloGen AG (Göttingen, Germany) as Vice President, Research and Development and later served as its Chief Scientific Officer. In July 2001, he co-founded U3 Pharma AG (Munich, Germany) and assumed the roles of Managing Director and CSO. He was instrumental in the acquisition of U3 Pharma by Daiichi Sankyo in 2008. From 2009 to 2012 he served as CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of Igenica, Inc. (Burlingame, USA). Prior to joining IBA GmbH, he was CEO of ImmunoQure AG (Munich, Germany) and CEO and Delegate of the Board of Directors of ImmunoQure Research AG (Zurich, Switzerland). Dr. Rothe studied biochemistry at the University of Tübingen before receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Munich and being awarded the Otto-Hahn Medal of the Max-Planck-Society. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and international patents.

Dr. Joachim Bertram

Managing Director, Chief Scientific Officer
Joachim Bertram received his Ph.D. in microbiology in the department of Prof. Gottschalk at the University of Goettingen. Then he moved to the department of hematology and oncology headed by Prof. Hiddemann where he has held a number of positions of increasing seniority in the biomedical profession. He conducted scientific and applied research on the use of antisense oligonucleotides and ribozymes in the field of proliferative diseases. In addition he focussed on mechanisms of drug resistance development and the use of nucleic acid based compounds for growth factor mimicry. In 1998, Joachim Bertram finished his "habilitation" in the medical faculty. He joined IBA GmbH in January 2000 and became CEO of IBA Biologics in 2001.

Dr. Herbert Stadler

Head of the Advisory Board
Over the last two decades, Herbert Stadler has built a track record as one of Germany's most active biotech entrepreneurs. He has founded or co founded several companies including Biometra GmbH, Ribonetics GmbH, HepaVec AG, IBA GmbH and DeveloGen AG. Herbert Stadler is a neurochemist by training. He obtained his Ph.D. at the Freie University of Berlin, obtained his postdoctoral lecture qualification ("Habilitation") at the University of Göttingen and headed the Molecular Neurobiology Group at the Max-Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen. He currently serves on the supervisory boards of DeveloGen AG and IBA GmbH. 

Product Management

Dipl. Biol. Bettina Renker, MSc, Product Manager "Transfection and Nucleic acids"
Dr. Gisela Mäck, Product Manager "Streptamer Cell Selection & Expansion"
Dr. Isabel Schuchardt, Product Manager "Cloning/Expression/Purification"

Recombinant Proteins

Dr. Uwe D. Carl

Nucleic Acids

Marc Niwar

General contact information

Phone +49 (0) 551 50672-0
Fax +49 (0) 551 50672-181


2. Functional DNA Nanotechnology Workshop - sponsored by IBA!

IBA honors young scientists!

This year’s IBA Young Scientist Award went to 4 participants of the 2. Functional DNA Nanotechnology Workshop in Rome, June, 24 2016!

  • For the verbal presentation: BEST JUNIOR VERBAL PRESENTATION- Guido Grossi (Aarhus University)
  • For the three poster categories:
    • SCHOLAR PRESENTATION- Floris Engelhardt (Technische Universität München) 
    • INNOVATION- Steffen Sparvath (Aarhus University)
    • IMPACT- Wouter Engelen (Eindhoven University of Technology)


More information at

Microsymposium on Small RNA - sponsored by IBA

Once again, IBA sponsors the „Microsymposium on Small RNA Biology“, which is organized by IMBA, IMP, and GMI and the RNA community of the Vienna Biocenter. It brings together young scientists and group leaders from all over the world to discuss their latest findings in the field of small RNAs.

May 2-5, 2016, Vienna, Austria

19th Meeting on T-Cells Subsets and Functions - sponsored by IBA

Marburg, 27 June & 28 June 2016

This meeting covers all recent aspects of T Cell Subsets, including Th1, Th2, Th17, CD8, NKT and regulatory T cells. Further information here.

11. Frühjahrstreffen Transplantationsimmunologie der DGfI - sponsored by IBA

27./28. Mai 2016 in Hannover
Der Workshop soll nicht nur den Mitgliedern des Arbeitskreises, sondern allen Wissenschaftlern, die an Transplantationsfragestellungen interessiert sind, ein Forum zum Informationsaustausch bieten. Es sind Kurzvorträge der Workshopteilnehmer geplant, wobei Beiträge aus allen Forschungsgebieten der Transplantationsimmunologie und -biologie erwünscht sind. Weiterhin soll der Themenkomplex “Novel concepts to modulate immune responses to allo- and xenografts“ in Übersichtsvorträgen diskutiert werden. Weitere Informationen hier.

4th International Biennial Conference on ‘LARPs’ - sponsored by IBA

14 – 17 September 2016, Stockton House, Wiltshire, England
The La related proteins (LARPs) are a family of RNA-binding proteins that are involved in a wide variety of cellular processes including differentiation, development, cell motility, cytoskeleton remodelling and control of transcription and translation. The 2016 international meeting will enable scientists working on La and related proteins from many disciplines to meet and share ideas in an informal setting, thereby facilitating exchanges and collaborations. The scientific programme includes plenary lectures, oral communications selected from submitted abstracts and poster presentations. The talks and presentations will provide an update on the molecular mechanisms that underpin LARP functional regulation of translation, their RNA targets, and the evolution/phylogenetics of these targets.

Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry-sponsored by IBA

The international symposium will focus on current developments, novel approaches and cutting-edge technologies in the field of medicinal chemistry and drug research with sessions on Target Identification & Lead Discovery, Allosteric Modulators & Modulation of Protein-Protein Interactions, Antibacterial Drugs, Structural Biology, and Highlights in Medicinal Chemistry and Technology. The scientific program will include plenary lectures, short lectures, and poster presentations.
Furthermore, oral communications of (post)doctoral junior scientists will be considered. It is the goal of the organizers to make this meeting an event of scientific excellence, attractive to both industrial and academic scientists in Medicinal Chemistry and related fields of research.

6th Crossroads in Biology (CIB) symposium 2016- sponsored by IBA

The 6th Crossroads in Biology (CIB) symposium 2016 is solely organized by students-members of the Graduate School for Biological Sciences at the University of Cologne.
Students are given the opportunity to show their own research by giving a talk or presenting their work on a poster.
Furthermore small discussion groups will allow students to meet and discuss with the speakers in an informal setting.

10th Microsymposium on Small RNA Biology- sponsored by IBA

The 10th Microsymposium took place at IMBA, the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and IMP, the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology on May 2015, from Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th. The Microsymposium featured a Workshop for PhD students.

Further details here

The "Journées du Campus d'Illkirch" sponsored by IBA

The "Journées du Campus d'Illkirch" take place on 13 and 14 April 2015. This event offers to the participating research units an opportunity to present their current work and researchers of this campus have a chance to learn more about research carried out in nearby laboratories and good reasons to meet together!

Gold medal at BIOMOD 2014

At the BIOMOD 2014 competition, Wyss Institute in Harvard, students from the group of Prof. Dr. Tinnefeld, TU Braunschweig, Germany, won a gold medal for the “Nanoscooter”, a nanoscale car consisting of DNA. Also for their suit the won the prize for the best T-shirt. BIOMOD is an annual biomolecular design competition for students. See also

IBA GmbH has established “Young Scientist Sponsorships” for attending retreats, meetings or conferences.

Dr. Thomas Lavergne (CNRS GRENOBLE, France) and Dr. Joachim Bertram (IBA GmbH, Göttingen) at the 16. SCNAC 2014
Dr. Thomas Lavergne (CNRS GRENOBLE, France) and Dr. Joachim Bertram (IBA GmbH, Göttingen) at the 16. SCNAC 2014




  • Dr. Thomas Lavergne, CNRS GRENOBLE, France. 1st "Gänse-Liesel" conference fee for young scientists for speakers of the 16th Symposium on Chemistry of Nucleic Acid Components (16. SCNAC) in the Czech Republic
  • Dr. Michael Schmück, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany. Conference fee for the ISCT 2014 Annual Meeting in Paris, France


  • Students´ Retreat of the Harvard Virology Program, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA