SME Bioinformatics Forum


  Thursday 6 March 2014


European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) - Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge,  CB10 1SD, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 

Thursday February 27 2014


First come, first served


Holly Foster

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Course overview

EMBL-EBI’s freely available biological data and services make it easier for small companies to stay focused on innovation. This year, with the support of One Nucleus, we have the great pleasure of conducting our SME Forum in our new South Building on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus. This event features networking opportunities and presentations about how your company can make the most of public molecular data and services.

The Forum will introduce bioinformatics tools and data resources and will present the opportunities for SMEs, other industry organisations and other interested individuals to use and integrate these resources in order to derive business benefit from the existing and developing infrastructure.The topics of the workshop have been specifically selected to be of greatest interest to industry organisations in the biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.


This event is aimed at represetatives from SMEs who wish to learn more about how their company can make the most of public molecular data and services.

Syllabus, tools and resources

During this event you will learn about:

  • EMBL-EBI's data resources and services

Learning outcomes

After this event you will be able to:

  • Discuss the latest developments in freely available public data resources
  • Identify ways that your company can make use of public data resources



Time Topic Speaker
Day 1 - 6 March 2014 (Kendrew Lecture Theatre, EMBL-EBI South Building)
09:45 Registration and refreshments  
10:30 Programme Overview Dominic Clark 
10:35 Welcome from EMBL-EBI Janet Thornton 
10:55 Welcome from One Nucleus  Tony Jones 
11:15 ELIXIR, the pan-European research infrastructure for biological information Niklas Blomberg 
11:35 Overview of EMBL-EBI’s data resources and services  Sarah Morgan
11:40 Genomics: 'Ensembl Highlights: Accessing the Genome'  Giulietta Spudich 
12:10 Lunch and Networking   
13:30 Functional genomics: Array Express and the Expression Atlas  Robert Petryszak 
13:55 Proteins: UniProt and proteomics services (including Reactome)   Sandra Orchard 
14:20 Cheminformatics and metabolism resources (including ChEBI)  Janna Hastings 
14:40 Chemogenomics and bioactivity resources (ChEMBL)  Anne Hersey 
15:05 Overview of EMBL-EBI’s Web Services with worked examples  Rodrigo Lopez 
15:25 EMBL-EBI's training programme: improving accessibility to industrial users  Cath Brooksbank 
15:45 Coffee break    
                                Applications and case studies
16:30 1000 Genomes project
Chris Tyler-Smith
17:00 Pfizer/Neusentis case studies Alex Gutteridge
17:45 Wrap-up  Dominic Clark & Tony Jones
18:00 Networking reception   
19:00 Close of Day  


Time Topic Speaker
Day 2 - 7 March 2014 (Training Room 2, EMBL-EBI South Building)
08:30 Welcome coffee   
09:00 Functional genomics: Array Express and the Expression Gabriella Rustici
10:40 Coffee  
11:10 Proteins: UniProt and proteomics services (including Reactome) Sandra Orchard
12:45 Close of training  

We will provide an overview of the following topics on day 2:

  • Functional genomics: Array Express and the Expression Atlas
  • Proteins: UniProt and proteomics services (including Reactome)

Participation will be on a first come first served basis with a maximum number of 30 participants on the course.

All tools and services provided by EMBL-EBI are available free of charge. For more information about EMBL-EBI, see our website: For more information about support for SMEs, see:

European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)
Wellcome Genome Campus Hinxton Cambridge CB10 1SD United Kingdom

At EMBL-EBI, we manage the world’s public biological data and make it freely available to the scientific community via a range of services and tools, perform basic research and provide professional training in bioinformatics. Set on the beautiful Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, we support scientists throughout the world in seeking solutions to challenges in healthcare, agriculture and the environment.


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Application deadline

27 February 2014

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Janet Thornton - EMBL-EBI, UK

Tony Jones - One Nucleus, UK

Niklas Blomberg - EMBL-EBI, UK

Rodrigo Lopez - EMBL-EBI, UK

Chris Tyler-Smith - Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK

Giulietta Spudich - EMBL-EBI, UK

Anne Hersey - EMBL-EBI, UK

Dominic Clark - EMBL-EBI, UK

Janna Hastings - EMBL-EBI, UK

Cath Brooksbank - EMBL-EBI, UK

Sandra Orchard - EMBL-EBI, UK