The introduction of biologics has continuously increased the demand for biomarkers for early diagnosis and therapeutic stratification. ArthroMark, a research network funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, aims to establish such biomarkers for rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthritides. Biobanks and previous work on genotyping, gene expression and autoreactivity profiling build the basis. Bioinformatic networks will help to harmonize the investigations and a clinical study with modern imaging techniques to characterize the functional relevance of the new biomarkers as effectively as possible. To validate the markers for diagnostic application the network aims to expand gradually.