LION was founded in March of 1997 by a group of pioneering molecular biologists and bioinformaticians from Heidelberg’s world-renowned research institutions, including the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the German Cancer Research Center and the University of Heidelberg.
From the beginning, LION has been dedicated to leveraging advances in life science informatics to improve the efficiency and productivity of drug discovery and other areas of life science research (e.g., food and crop science). LION combines its industry-leading scientific and IT expertise to develop innovative integration and knowledge management solutions aimed at radically streamlining drug discovery processes to save time and money. That expertise derives from LION’s former drug discovery business as well as from major integration and knowledge management collaborations with companies such as Bayer AG, Schering AG, and Nestlé.
Since its founding, LION has established its SRS bioinformatics platform as the industry’s leading data integration technology for biological information. SRS provides the bioinformatics backbone for more than 300 commercial and academic institutions, including the most of the world’s major pharmaceutical companies. LION has extended its information integration expertise with LION Target Engine™, a biology solution for accelerating the target identification and validation through a wide variety of data mining, visualization and interpretation functionality. LION Target Engine™ allows for the use of its various modules as components, which can be integrated into a customers existing infrastructure, or as a complete solution suite. The components will interact with SRS and rely on SRS to provide core data integration and access.
LION has grown into a recognized leader in the area of integration solutions for life science R&D, with an international team of experts operating in the U.S., Europe and Asia.