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In 1986 BIOMOS was founded by W.F. van Gunsteren, H.J.C. Berendsen and the Foundation Science Park Groningen of the University of Groningen. It was based in the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry. BIOMOS exercises the following activities:

Since 1976 a considerable amount of knowledge concerning dynamic simulation techniques has been developed within the research group(s) of H.J.C. Berendsen and W.F. van Gunsteren, especially with respect to biomolecular systems. The main theme of the simulation research has been the development of new simulation methods, rather than their repeated application. This knowledge has been crystallized into a computer software program package called GROMOS, an acronym of the GROningen MOlecular Simulation computer program package, by which the properties of (bio)macromolecular systems can be calculated and predicted. The package has been distributed to hundreds of non-profit research groups all over the world. Due to the growing size of the package and the growing interest in it, a small company was formed which could take care of the distribution, maintenance and renewal of GROMOS. In September 1990 W.F. van Gunsteren moved to the ETH Zürich, which agreed to host the Swiss branch of BIOMOS. After his retirement in 1999, H. J. C. Berendsen also retired from BIOMOS.

Biomos holds the right to distribute GROMOS licences.