Innovation and SME programme

In order to support Europe's industry and in particular its Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), ELIXIR's Innovation and SME programme is a series of specialised events for companies hosted by ELIXIR Nodes. The events provide companies with the opportunity of learning more about the emerging ELIXIR services and forge strong links with the local ELIXIR Nodes representatives running these services. 

So far, more than 350 representatives from 150 companies have exchanged knowledge with ELIXIR partners across Europe, from small startups to SMEs, including large pharmaceutical companies and IT service providers. 

Only in 2017, 4 collaborative projects and proposals involving 8 different companies (all SMEs) and ELIXIR Nodes have started as a result of the Innovation & SME programme, at both national and European levels

Paris, France, November 2017

This forum (14-15th November)  will feature presentations from ELIXIR resources such as EGA, Orphanet and RD_Connect, vital in Rare Disease and Personalised Medicine Innovation.  Together with talks from representatives from large companies, SMEs and also ERA-Net eRARE.  We will also have "Meet the expert" and  "FlashTalks" for organizations and companies to showcase their business models and aims.   Registration is open.

Belgium, Brussels, October 2017

This forum (10-11 October)  will feature presentations from ELIXIR resources such as ENA, PRIDE, Metagenomics in Microbiome Innovation together with talks from representatives from large companies, SMEs and also European Commission.  We will also have FlashTalks for organisations and companies to showcase their business models and aims. This workshop is back-to-back with a joint EWI-OECD event on microbiome research. 

Spain, Barcelona, June 2017

This forum (6 - 7 June) featured presentations from ELIXIR resources such as EGA and funding opportunities in the Pre-Competitive space, such as Innovative Medicines Initiative. We also had FlashTalks for organisations and companies to showcase their business models and aims. 

Finland, Helsinki, February 2017

This forum was aimed at the companies that use public bioinformatics resources in their business and would like to further streamline this process and use global resources. The event is jointly organised by ELIXIR Finland, ELIXIR Estonia and the ELIXIR Hub and is particularly relevant for large and small companies active in the genomics and health domains.

Oslo, Norway, May 2016

This Innovation and SME event was focussed on data-driven innovation in the marine and aquaculture industries. It allowed companies to see first-hand the public databases and tools that are run by ELIXIR Norway and other partners. It also included talks from innovative companies that are already using big-data in their businesses. 

Basel, Switzerland, June 2015

ELIXIR held an Innovation and SME Forum event in Basel, Switzerland, on 9 June 2015. Organised by SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and ELIXIR, the event took place alongside the successful Basel Computational Biology Conference, which ran from 7-10 June. 

Wageningen, Netherlands, March 2015

The ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum took place in Wageningen, Netherlands, on 18-19 March 2015.

The forum was aimed at the agri-food companies that use public bioinformatics resources in their business. The event was jointly organised by the ELIXIR-NL and the ELIXIR Hub and is particularly relevant for large and small companies active in the plant sciences and food domains. 

Industry delegates during Innovation and SME forum
Attendees at the ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum event, Wageningen, 2015

Copenhagen Denmark, November 2014 

ELIXIR's first Innovation and SME Forum was focussed on the pharma and biotech sector. With talks on resources such as bio.tools.dkSureChEMBL and the ELIXIR Denmark computerome.