“Imagine that we had some way to look directly at the molecules in a living organism.”
David Goodsell


Combined with other experimental data modern biology provides increasingly complex insights into a highly dynamic microcosm. Modern software packages have lowered the barriers to visualizing molecular and cellular structures based on increasingly plentiful data provided by structural biologists. The challenge is to translate rich datasets into instructive visualizations, which provide accessible entry points for experts or inspiring stories for a general audience or both at the same time.

Biolution has assembled a visualization pipeline based on the multidisciplinary expertise of its team and more than a decade of experience in explaining research. The inspiration was to generate affordable animations, which are rooted in scientific accuracy and extend into inspiring dynamic visualizations. It is our ambition to support researchers in their communication tasks with a dynamic representation of their favourite molecule or molecular process. Importing coordinates from the RCSB-protein data bank into our work flow, we interact closely with researchers to develop a dynamic 3D-model of the molecule of choice. Together with the expert we aim to develop a visualization, which meets the standards of scientific accuracy suitable for a research conference presentation and at the same time inspires a sense of wonder about the beauty of natural processes. 

We are continuously expanding our toolset and will be keen to learn from your research towards improving our capacity to show the fascinating microcosm of molecular biology. If you require attractive images to support the communication of an outstanding research finding or seek to visualize the mode of action of a new drug candidate in a molecular animation, biolution will be ready to work with you. Inform us about your research and challenge us to visualize:

Signaling processes
Disease mechanisms
Mode of action of drugs

Contact us, if you plan to work with a competent partner, who understands your research in order to complement your communications with professional visualizations.

3D model of Zika virus (PDB: 5IRE)

3D Visualization

Building on decades of research and mountains of data, scientists and animators are now recreating the complex inner machinery of living cells. The ability to animate the machinations of biological processes can even allow us to think about these in different ways. One of the stars of the new field of molecular animations is Drew Berry: “Scientists have always done pictures to explain their ideas, but now we’re discovering the molecular world and able to express and show what it’s like down there. Our understanding is just exploding”.

But it is not only our understanding, which is exploding. Also the capacity to visualize molecular processes is rapidly improving and makes impressive animations accessible to anyone. If you are intrigued get in touch.

Graphical Abstracts

If a picture is truly worth a thousand words, then unfortunately many scientists are failing to raise the potential for explaining their research with instructive graphics. However, publishers are increasingly recognising the benefits of graphical abstracts in the communication of research findings. A single‐panel image designed to deliver the take‐home message of a paper needs to be simple and aesthetically pleasing. It will encourage reception beyond the immediate field and promote interdisciplinary recognition of your finding. Graphical abstracts increasingly aid the spread of scientific ideas in the struggle for attention from peers and the media.

The media designers at biolution would be happy to learn about your molecular or cellular process, which needs an instructive graphical abstract.


Illustrating scientific discoveries has a long history with some pioneers of scientific illustration having attained a high level of observational accuracy through close interaction with scientists. With the advent of photography and digital image processing the tradition of scientific illustration went into decline, but pioneers like David Goodsell, Drew Berry and Janet Iwasa have forged a new path and provided instructive glimpses of the spectacular insights we have gained into the microcosm driven by molecular machines.

The media designers at biolution would be happy to venture into your personal microcosms to support you in generating instructive visuals for your molecular or cellular process.

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