Switzerland’s State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, Dr Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, has signed the ELIXIR Consortium Agreement for the establishment of ELIXIR, the European Life science Infrastructure for Biological Information. The ELIXIR Consortium Agreement will now enter into force when a further two countries join Switzerland, the UK, Sweden and EMBL in ratification.
The Swiss government has committed to investing €35 million over the four-year period from 2013 to 2016. This monetary contribution is mainly provided through financial support to SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics – the Swiss ELIXIR Node. However, the experience and expertise of SIB are also an important part of Switzerland’s participation. Access to SIB’s bioinformatics core resources and many other high-quality services, as well as the benefit of its solid experience in bioinformatics training will be major assets in the launch and success of ELIXIR.
The full media release is available at: http://www.isb-sib.ch/images/stories/for_the_media/20131030_switzerland_signs_eca.pdf