InCoB is the annual international conference of the Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet). The main objective of the InCoB is to provide a platform for experts and budding bioinformaticians to discuss and exchange ideas and thoughts on the development of bioinformatics in the Asia Pacific region. The first conference was successfully held in Bangkok in 2002, and the second in Penang, Malaysia in 2003. The Allan Wilson Center for Molecular Ecology and Evolution and the Bioinformatics Institute is proud to jointly host the third meeting in Auckland, New Zealand.

The importance of bioinformatics in the face of the ever-increasing amounts of biological data cannot be denied and it is for this reason that scientists in the Asia Pacific region are striving to use database management, artificial intelligence, data mining and knowledge representation to provide key solutions to the questions posed by their research, particularly on local resources of economic and strategic importance.

InCoB 2004 provides for an international forum that will present cutting-edge computational biology applications and findings on interdisciplinary research such as molecular evolution, health, agriculture, microbes and tropical diseases and on sequence and structure analysis.