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ELIXIR maps for the first time how small and medium companies rely on public bioinformatics data for their business

08 May 2018

While the featured SMEs differ in size, location and field of expertise, they all have in common the use of open data from public bioinformatics resources. One example is Eagle Genomics, a software company based at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hixton, whose products help researchers to manage and exploit life science data. Another example is Repositive, a Cambridge-based company that enables researchers to search data repositories based on their scientific needs.

ELIXIR aims to construct and operate a sustainable infrastructure for biological information to support life science research and its translation to medicine and the environment, the bio-industries and society. It is a Member-based initiative with 20 countries and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL-EBI) as members. ELIXIR has been set up to manage and safeguard the growing amount of biological data generated by life science research. One of its goals is to ensure that public biological data brings benefits to industry as well as academia.

A detailed overview of the ways in which innovation-driven companies use open data can be found at:

If you want to learn how your company can benefit from public bioinformatics data available through ELIXIR, contact Katharina Lauer, ELIXIR Industry Officer,