With the BioMarine Business Convention less than three weeks away, we'll be taking a closer look at the main sponsors and partners.
First up is MG4U...
The EU coordination action Marine Genomics 4 Users (MG4U) responds to
several critical bottlenecks. It spreads results from recent and
on-going projects in marine genomics and enhances rapid, efficient
knowledge transfer to generate interdisciplinary research capacity in
Europe. Cutting-edge genomic approaches are now sufficiently mature to
advance the knowledge based bio-economy in the marine sector. Marine
genomics has enormous potential to improve our lifestyles and
prosperity, and to assist with governance and sustainable management of
the marine environment.
Today, marine genomics knowledge is a vital part of “blue
biotechnology”, and is leading to applications in the management of
natural and cultured resources, and preserving marine environments.
However, many business leaders and legislators are not yet aware of how
marine genomics hold great potential for problem solving and industrial
commercial advantage. Valuable knowledge is made accessible and
disseminated in user-friendly contexts by Marine Genomics for Users
(MG4U). We facilitate knowledge and technology transfer between
high-throughput marine genomics, industry and society through dedicated
sessions, workshops, face-to-face contacts and access to a knowledge
The EU project Micro B3 on marine microbial Biodiversity,
Bioinformatics, and Biotechnology will develop innovative bioinformatic
approaches and a legal framework to make large-scale data on marine
viral, bacterial, archaeal and protists genomes and metagenomes
accessible for marine ecosystems biology and to define new targets for
biotechnological applications. Micro B3 will build upon a highly
interdisciplinary consortium of 32 academic and industrial partners.
Micro B3 is based on a strong user- and data basis from ongoing
European sampling campaigns to long-term ecological research sites. For
the first time a strong link between oceanographic and molecular
microbial research will be established to integrate global marine data
with research on microbial biodiversity and functions. The Micro B3
Information System will provide innovative open source software for
data-processing, -integration, -visualisation, and -accessibility.
Interoperability will be the key for seamless data transfer of sequence
and contextual data to public repositories.
Micro B3 will allow taking full advantage of current sequencing
technologies to efficiently exploit large-scale sequence data in an
environmental context. Micro B3 will create integrated knowledge to
inform marine ecosystems biology and modeling. Moreover, it will
facilitate detecting candidate genes to be explored by targeted
laboratory experiments for biotechnology and for assigning potential
functions to unknown genes. Micro B3 will develop clear IP agreements
for the protection and sustainable use of pre-competitive microbial
genetic resources and their exploitation in high potential commercial