Strengthening European biology

Beamline P13 at EMBL Hamburg. PHOTO: Udo Ringeisen / EMBL

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European biomedical research capabilities, and services to industry, will be further enhanced following a new partnership announced today.

EMBL is Europe’s flagship life sciences organisation, and has agreed to become a member of the Instruct-ERIC organisation, which links national-level institutions across 13 member states.

Instruct-ERIC is a pan-European distributed research infrastructure, which operates nine centres to provide high-end technologies and methods in structural biology to academic and industrial users. It aims to promote innovation in biomedical science and operates on a non-economic basis.

EMBL will offer high-end structural biology techniques through the Instruct-ERIC catalogue at its sites in Grenoble, Hamburg, and Heidelberg.

EMBL Director General Edith Heard said: “Connecting EMBL’s research, data and research services and training to those of Instruct-ERIC will strengthen both collaborations for the benefit of research, industry and the citizens of Europe. Instruct-ERIC’s specialisation in structural biology will enhance EMBL’s work in the field, and will benefit and strengthen the other components of EMBL’s global activities.”

Stephen Cusack, Head of EMBL Grenoble, anticipates new opportunities, “It’s great that EMBL has finally joined Instruct-ERIC! This will boost co-operation across Europe to develop state-of-the-art infrastructures for the benefit of the structural biology community.”

For more information, see the Instruct-ERIC press release.