European life-science infrastructure for biological information

"ELIXIR presently includes 21 members and covers over 180 research organisations."

ELIXIR was established in 2014 as an intergovernmental organisation to ensure sustained life science resources across Europe. It presently includes 21 members and covers over 180 research organisations. ELIXIR unites Europe’s leading life science organisations in managing and safeguarding the increasing volume of data being generated by publicly funded research. ELIXIR coordinates, integrates and sustains bioinformatics resources across its member states and European Molecular Biology Laboratory and enables users in academia and industry to access services that are vital for their research.

The scientific and technical activities in ELIXIR are organised in five Platforms Data, Compute, Interoperability, Tools and Training and scientific Communities. Platforms bring together experts to define the strategy and provide services in a particular area e.g. training, data. Communities bring together scientists who work in a specific domain (e.g. Plant Sciences). Scientists develop services targeted for their own domains and give feedback on the services the Platforms provide, to make sure that the services solve real world problems.

The Finnish ELIXIR Node is operated by CSC and plays a fundamental part in broader life science research infrastructure in Europe, e.g. providing cloud computing for European biomedical organizations, for easing international access to Finnish biobanks and supporting the creation of a catalogue of national genetic variation. CSC also leads the ELIXIR Compute platform, one of the five ELIXIR platforms, with the Czech Node and EMBL-EBI. CSC plays a significant role in the ELIXIR sensitive data strategy and implementation. For example, federated user identity and access management systems including handling of access to sensitive biological data have been enabled with information technology (REMS) created by CSC.

R&D projects related to ELIXIR programme


The Beyond 1 Million Genomes project is helping to create a network of genetic and clinical data across Europe. The project provides coordination and support to the 1+MG Initiative and will create long-term means of sharing data and enabling access beyond 1 million genomes.

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BIGPICTURE, a pathology-led project, has the vision to become the catalyst in digital transformation in Pathology. Our mission is to create the first European GDPR compliant platform, in which both quality-controlled Whole Slide Imaging (WSI) data and advanced Artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms will exist.

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CINECA aims to provide a standardized, secure and scalable discovery and analysis infrastructure for data collected from the national cohorts and disease collections. The consortium includes access to more than 1.4 million samples maintained by the biobank network in Europe, Africa and Canada

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The European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases brings over 130 institutions from 35 countries to create a comprehensive, sustainable ecosystem allowing a virtuous circle between research, care and medical innovation.

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ELIXIR Finland

ELIXIR, the European life-science infrastructure for biological information, is a unique and unprecedented initiative that consolidates Europe's national centres, services, and core bioinformatics resources into a single, coordinated infrastructure.

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ELIXIR-CONVERGE is a project funded by the European Commission to help standardise life science data management across Europe. To achieve this standardisation, the project will develop a data management toolkit for life scientists.

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EOSC-Life brings together the 13 Biological and Medical ESFRI research infrastructures to create an open collaborative space for digital biology. EOSC-Life implements the Life Science part of the EOSC under coordination of ELIXIR, European infrastructure for Life Science Information.

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The aim of HealthyCloud is to drive this convergence and align all the knowledge and expertise in health data, spread across European and international actors, to set the foundations for the future European Health Research and Innovation Cloud (HRIC), that will become a fundamental part of the EHDS.

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HEAP will provide a research resource for the integrated and efficient analysis of the human exposome. HEAP will launch a state-of-the-science informatics infrastructure composed of prime ICT resources, accessed through a software platform to provide data warehousing and applied AI.

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The aim of INTERVENE is to build the largest pool of health data to date and integrate longitudinal and disease-relevant -omics data into genetic risk scores with unprecedented potential for prediction, prognosis, and personalised treatments of complex and rare diseases.

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NeIC Heilsa

The objective of NeIC Heilsa e-Infrastructure collaboration is to productise and build on NeIC Tryggve project to increase interoperability of Nordic e-Infrastructure to support data management, including requirements for data quality, standards, technical infrastructure, while considering ethical, legal, and societal issues.

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The HPC/Exascale Centre of Excellence in Personalised Medicine (PerMedCoE) aims to provide an efficient and sustainable entry point to the HPC/Exascale-upgraded methodology to translate omics analyses into actionable models of cellular functions of medical relevance.

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