BioChem takes over GMP division* of nadicom – centre of excellence for the identification of microorganisms completed

On March 1, 2018 BioChem Labor für biologische und chemische Analytik GmbH acquired the GMP division* of nadicom Gesellschaft für angewandte Mikrobiologie mbH, both based in Karlsruhe and completed its centre of excellence for the identification of microorganisms. At the heart of this strategic acquisition of BioChem is the “tree by nadicom” database.


It is used to genetically identify microorganisms using the world’s largest GMP-compliant database, which contains 16S/18S/ITS rDNA sequences of more than 50,000 species. This is continuously updated by our experts to include the latest pharmaceutically relevant sequences.

Furthermore, the genetic typing of microorganisms by means of DNA fingerprinting is possible. BioChem will also continue to work with the validated methods acquired from nadicom for the identification of microorganisms.

Customers who have so far made use of nadicom’s services come in particular from the pharmaceutical industry and thus fit in perfectly with BioChem’s existing customer base. BioChem will offer them comprehensive consultation, in particular on environmental monitoring and microbial contamination, e.g. in production, in close cooperation with the microbiology department.

Based on its excellent microbiological and molecular biological expertise, BioChem’s customers receive the whole range of identification of bacteria, yeasts and moulds very precise, fast and reliable from a single source using state-of-the-art methods:

  • microscopic/morphological analysis
  • mass spectrometry analysis by MALDI-TOF and
  • molecular biological identification by means of “tree by nadicom” database

For more details, please refer to our brochure “BioChem centre of excellence for the identification of microorganisms”.

As part of the acquisition BioChem offered employees of nadicom’s GMP division* permanent employment, so that customer support will continue without interruption. With its high expertise, many years of experience and special know-how, the team will establish optimally at BioChem. The expansion of BioChem’s headquarters in Daimlerstrasse is currently in the planning phase, so that the team can move there within a few months.

At the beginning of the month, the symbolic handover of GMP-compliant services took place in the premises of nadicom.

Nadicom’s managing director, Dr. Bernhard Nüßlein, congratulated BioChem’s representatives on the takeover and wished good luck and success for the future. BioChem congratulated Dr. Lysan Massmann (managing shareholder), Dr. Jürgen Branke (technical director) and Dr. Dominik Herzog (head of molecular biological department). The employees of nadicom and additional representatives of BioChem were also present at the ceremony.

Symbolische Übergabe der GMP-konformen Dienstleistungen an die BioChem Symbolic handover of GMP-compliant services to BioChem (f.l.t.r.): Dr. Lysan Massmann, Dr. Bernhard Nüßlein (nadicom), Dr. Dominik Herzog, Dr. Jürgen Branke

For further information, please contact Dr. Dominik Herzog, head of molecular biological department, by phone or e-mail at +49 721 9737-140 | dominik.herzog@biochem.de

About BioChem:
BioChem Labor für biologische und chemische Analytik GmbH, founded in 1973, is one of the leading contract laboratories for analytics in the fields of pharmaceuticals, chemicals, medical devices and cosmetics in the German-speaking region. It is a member of the BioChem Group and employs more than 90 well-trained employees at the Karlsruhe site. BioChem offers its global customers high-quality laboratory services for their analytical questions in a GMP- and GLP-regulated and FDA-compliant environment. BioChem offers its employees challenging and diverse activities and perspectives in a dynamically growing company.

About nadicom:
nadicom Gesellschaft für angewandte Mikrobiologie mbH was founded in Marburg in 2002 as a spin-off from Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology. Since then, the company has focused on providing services in the field of identification of microorganisms and microbiology. Since 2008, nadicom is GMP certified. In addition to molecular biological and microbiological services, the company will offer microbial services for the agricultural industry under the brand name rhizo power®.

*The “GMP division” of nadicom Gesellschaft für angewandte Mikrobiologie mbH specifically includes the division for the identification and characterisation of bacteria, yeasts and moulds under regulated GMP conditions.