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Coping with a sea of data

08.03.2012

Granada-based Integromics S.L. has teamed up with the Galician Foundation of Genomic Medicine (FPGMX) in Santiago de Compostela to secure a €1m EU grant from the European Regional Development Fund and the Spanish government. With the advent of cheap sequencing technologies, the bulk interpretation of generated data has become more vital than ever. The joint project is entitled “Advanced analysis and interpretation of low-cost next-generation sequencing data for clinical applications” (ApliClinics LC-NGS). While FPGMX brings expertise in the field of clinical genomics to the partner­ship, Integromics will be in charge of bioinformatics. Its CSO Eduardo González Couto calls the collaboration a pioneering effort for Integromics: “This will be the first time that we are working side-by-side with clinicians to bridge the gap between NGS technology and healthcare for patients.” FPGMX director Àngel Carracedo, who has a staff of 92 at the University of Santiago (USC), says that the bottleneck is not data production but “the bioinformatic tools that allow us to obtain reliable and accurate information on the variation found after DNA sequencing.” The first results – in the form of software and lab procedures – are expected this fall.

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Madrid – Spain is working to establish itself as a European hotspot for bio­energy production. The country’s Abengoa Bioenergia Nuevas Tecnologias, a subsidiary of Abengoa Bioenergy, will lead an international consortium in the...

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11.06.2011

Madrid – Agendas, working committees and associations in Europe’s biotechnology sector are not hard to find. Now the spanking new Spanish Biotech Platform (launched in May) has to show if it is more than just another extension of...

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06.02.2011

Madrid – Nowhere in the world, is the concentration of GM-sceptics higher than it is in Europe, but their reign is not supreme. On the south-western tip of the continent, Spain stands out for its “science-based agricultural...

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