ELIXIR Innovation and SME forum

October 9, 12:00 pm
October 10, 2:00 pm

KVS - Brussels City Theatre
Lakensestraat 146
1000 Brussels

Data-Driven Innovation in Food, Nutrition and Microbiome

Microbiome, Food and Nutrition datasets have expanded rapidly in recent years, following advances in DNA sequencing and the rise of shotgun metagenomics and metabolomics. To help companies access and take advantage of this wealth of data, ELIXIR organised a two-day ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum on 9-10 October in Brussels, Belgium.

Hosted by ELIXIR Belgium, the event attracted 90 participants, working in industry and SMEs, academia and NGOs. The programme featured some of the open bioinformatics resources that are particularly useful in microbiome research and related fields (PRIDE, MetaboLights, European Nucleotide Archive), and showcased several SMEs that are already using public data resources in their business, including MyMicroZoo (Netherlands), Ontoforce (Belgium) and MsOmics (Denmark).

Silvia Miret Catalan (Director, Nutrition & Health Discover at Unilever) presented how Unilever integrates public data in their discovery projects and Michiel Akeroyd (Senior Scientist at DSM) demonstrated the added value of applied omics in industry.

The programme also included keynote talks from Wim Haentjens (European Commission, DG Research & Innovation – Agri-food unit) and Peer Bork (Group Leader, European Molecular Biology Laboratory), and showcased the Training opportunities within ELIXIR.

Innovative companies had the chance to present their technologies, services and products in a series of flash-talks, prompting collaboration and exchange during the following networking dinner.

See the pictures of the event here. Below, you can find the presentations.


Introduction to ELIXIR Europe, Andrew Smith (Head of External Relations, ELIXIR Hub)

Overview of ELIXIR Belgium, Frederik Coppens (Deputy Head of Node and Technical Coordinator, ELIXIR Belgium)

Data-driven innovation in Industrial Life Sciences, Michiel Akeroyd (Senior Scientist, DSM Biotechnology Center)

ELIXIR Resources: PRIDE (Juan Vizcaino), ENA (Nima Pakseresht), SILVA and Ribocon (Jorg Peplies), ELIXIR Metagenomics Use Case (Nils P. Willassen)

ELIXIR Training opportunities (Celia van Gelder)

SME's: MyMicroZoo (Derek Butler), MS-Omics (Morten Danielsen), Ontoforce (Filip Pattyn)

Unilever (Silvia Miret Catalan)