Luxembourg today became the latest country to join ELIXIR, following the ratification of the ELIXIR Consortium Agreement by its Ministry of Higher Education and Research. ELIXIR’s membership now stands at 18, with a further two countries – Ireland and Greece - as Observers.
Josiane Entringer from the Ministry of Higher Education and Research said: "Engaging in ELIXIR has been a priority of Luxembourg for a number of years. In order to deliver the most societal and economic impact from publically funded research, it is necessary to build a stable, coordinated public data infrastructure across Europe that can store, analyse and make those data available to other users. I look forward to Luxembourg participating fully in the delivery of this through ELIXIR."
The ELIXIR Node in Luxembourg will be coordinated by the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB), which is part of the University of Luxembourg. It has particular expertise in clinical and translational medicine research informatics and strong industry collaboration.
Dr Reinhard Schneider, Head of Node for ELIXIR Luxembourg said, "Luxembourg has real strength in translational medicine and is at the cutting edge of knowledge management of clinical and medical data. Through participation in ELIXIR, we will work closely with other partners across ELIXIR Nodes to support the provision of high-quality bioinformatics services for users in academia and industry."