Company history

ibacon´s history is a success story based on good science, motivation and a clear understanding of what the expectations of our clients are.

ibacon today: facts and figures

  • 150 qualified employees
  • about 10,000 sqm laboratory and office space
  • > 20,000 GLP studies completed so far
  • Ecotoxicological field trials throughout Europe
  • Local branch office for bee studies in Leverkusen, Germany

2015 - 2017

In 2015 the relocation of our Aquatic Ecotoxicology and Chemistry Departments into our new laboratory building was completed, with the latest in high-tech infrastructure. This significantly enlarged our capacities for standard aquatic studies as well as higher tier aquatic studies such as flow-through systems for fish and daphnia, sediment organisms, and aquatic plants. At the same time a new state-of-the-art LC-MS/MS analytical system was acquired to provide the analytical services required for our extra biological capacities. Several LC-MS, HPLC/UPLC and other analytical systems ensure state of the art analytical services and accurate results also at very low concentrations.

The new building uses consequently up front energy saving technologies like heat insolation and heat recovery but also LED-illumination all over the building.

Dr. Melanie Lichtenberger took over the responsibility as Head of the Test Facility since July 2015.

Our Ecological Effects modelling Department was estabished in 2015. Using ecotoxicological data from our own studies or from existing data, this refined risk assessment tool provides additional information for the environmental risk assessment of our clients. The department made a prosperous development in the meantime and our specialists contribute to the latest developments of modelling methodology and use. 

ibacon's GLP Certificate was successfully renewed in 2016.

Sabrina Westphal was appointed as Managing Director by ibacon’s shareholders in December 2016, which moves ibacon further along the way of sustainable company development.

The environmental fate department is undergoing significant enlargement of laboratory space, and modernisation of the technical facilities. Additional laboratory space was opened for business by our section head Dr. Maria Meinerling in the summer of 2017. The previously existing laboratory space is now undergoing a complete renovatop  of the technical infrastucture.

2010 - 2014

ibacon is cracking the 100 employees mark in May 2011. In the same year, ibacon establishes a second location in Leichlingen, Germany, where we can perform additional honey bee studies. Initially, only two people are working in Leichlingen, but the demand for honey bee studies is growing and the Leichlingen team as well.

Our subsidary lab and office in Leichlingen expands with honey bee and other pollinators studies and moves to Leverkusen, Germany.

In 2014 we celebrate our 20th anniversary! As a result of the increasing demands for environmental studies, ibacon hires new staff and continues to establish new study types. To gain more laboratory space, we put up a new office and laboratory building at our headquarter in Rossdorf.


2005 - 2009

ibacon expands its laboratory space and now also offers environmental fate studies. In 2009, we celebrate our 15th anniversary with 90 employees. So far, 12,000 GLP-studies were successfully performed at ibacon.



Requirements for the registration changed. As a consequence ecotoxicological studies are now also demanded for the registration of chemicals (REACh), biocides and pharmceuticals. In 2004, the Marketing & Sales Department (now Business Development) starts its work as central point of contact for our costumers all over the world. In the same year 48 employees celebrate ibacon's 10th anniversary.


1995 - 1999

During the first five years, ibacon is able to aquire regular customers in Germany, the European Union and Overseas. ibacon now also performs studies in the areas of biodegradation and aquatic ecotoxicology. In addition, the analytical chemistry department is founded to provide our customers with physical-chemical and analytical studies.

On its 5th anniversary in December 1999, ibacon already has 26 employees. The new facilities in Rossdorf offer 650 sqm of laboratory space. ibacon is ready for the new millenium.


December 1st, 1994

ibacon GmbH starts its business with six employees using 200 sqm of laboratory space. The main area of expertise are ecotoxicological studies for the registration of plant protection products with focus on the terrestrial test systems.