Castor EDC raises €5.3M Series A to accelerate medical research

DTL partner Castor EDC has announced that it has raised $6.25 million (€5.3M) in a Series A round led by the firm INKEF Capital. Derk Arts, Castor’s founder and CEO, states: “At Castor, we have built a cutting-edge, user-friendly Electronic Data Capture platform that we are putting in the hands of every medical researcher worldwide. With the help of our system, we… Continue reading

Looking back on five years of GOBLET

The Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education & Training (GOBLET) has released a report on the activities in the first five years of its existence. Dr Celia van Gelder, manager of the DTL Learning programme, is a member of the GOBLET Executive Board. She explains: “GOBLET provides a global, sustainable support and network infrastructure for bioinformatics trainers and trainees, including a training… Continue reading

Million European Genomes Alliance: the Netherlands should join

In April 2018, thirteen European countries signed a declaration of cooperation ‘towards access to at least one million sequenced genomes in the European Union by 2022’. On behalf of a wide range of stakeholders assembled in Health-RI, Gert-Jan van Ommen (BBMRI-NL) and Ruben Kok (DTL) have sent a letter to the Dutch Minister for Healthcare encouraging the Netherlands to co-sign… Continue reading

BioSB 2018: dense and inspiring

The 4th edition of the Netherlands Bioinformatics and Systems Biology conference took place on 15-16 May 2018 in Lunteren. With its programme packed with inspiring keynote lectures and parallel sessions, the conference attracted more than 400 researchers and students from Dutch universities, UMCs, and companies. View the photo impression. Visit the conference website. Read more about the organisers. This year’s… Continue reading

TU Delft Event report: data stewardship in practice

In May 2018, TU Delft organised an an event entitled ‘Towards cultural change in data management – data stewardship in practice’. Martin Donnelly from the University of Edinburgh was one of the participants and he wrote a blogpost about it. Go to blog. You may also wish to read our interview about the Delft data stewards team.

NWO Spinoza Prize for cell biologist Anna Akhmanova

Professor Anna Akhmanova from Utrecht University has been awarded an NWO Spinoza Prize for her world-leading research into the cytoskeleton. Alongside the Stevin Prize, the Spinoza Prize is the highest academic distinction in the Netherlands. Akhmanova also leads a DTL Technology Hotel (Biological Imaging Centre Utrecht University) and is actively involved in NL-BioImaging AM, a distributed microscopy research infrastructure. Read more.

EMBL-EBI webinar series on data management

From 28 June to August 2018, EMBL-EBI is running a webinar series on data management for the biomolecular sciences. This series will introduce key concepts in data management, highlight common myths, and provide biological researchers with hints and tips on how to approach data management in their own research. Read more.  

DNA Labs on the Road open registration for 2018-2019

The ‘Reizende DNA-Labs’ (DNA Labs on the Road) invite high school teachers to bring biotechnology into their classrooms by hosting a DNA Lab on the Road. Read more. The Reizende DNA-Labs are mobile practicals that educate high school students about DNA, genes, genomics, and the latest research techniques. The initiative is supported by the DTL Learning Programme (Read more). Registration for… Continue reading

Enhancing the implementation of the plant Breeding API standard within ELIXIR

The ELIXIR Staff Exchange project ‘Enhancing the implementation of the Breeding API standard in ELIXIR and semantifying it’ has been completed. “The plant breeding API (BrAPI) is a global effort to enable interoperability among plant breeding databases. BrAPI is also used to achieve interoperability of plant datasets between ELIXIR nodes,” says Dr Richard Finkers. He is a scientist in the Wageningen… Continue reading