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Final Report - EUSYSBIO (The Take-off of European Systems Biology)

Project ID: 503218


Thanks to the recent spectacular advances in the '-omics' disciplines and in information technology (IT), the biosciences are heading for another revolution: the in silico simulation of complex life processes. This branch of research, termed systems biology (SB), combines concepts from molecular biology, engineering sciences, mathematics and IT in a holistic approach to complex biological systems, for example living cells. SB is currently being promoted intensively in ambitious funding initiatives in particular in the United States and Japan. So far there is no competitive Europe-wide networked research in SB. However, there are several renowned research groups in the SB field across Europe. The final report of the EUSYSBIO project lists the challenges faced by the team and their accomplishments. It notes that 'Europe's innovative biotech industry, mainly consisting of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), has all the necessary know-how required to use the opportunities offered by the commercialisation of systems biology results'.

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