SOURCE: bioalma

September 06, 2005 09:30 ET

EMBL and bioalma Sign Agreement to License almaKnowledgeServer (AKS) as Part of Joint Research Project

MADRID, SPAIN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 6, 2005 --bioalma announced today that EMBL has licensed almaKnowledgeServer (AKS) for an initial period of three years. Under this agreement, researchers based at EMBL headquarters in Heidelberg, as well as those based at outstations located in Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and France, will have access to the system as part of their daily research activities.

bioalma and EMBL are also pleased to announce a joint development project to tailor almaKnowledgeServer (AKS) features to the needs of the EMBL organization.

Juan Carlos del Castillo, CEO of bioalma, said, "This is exactly the kind of collaboration we are actively seeking as the worldwide reputation of EMBL as a centre of research excellence." Christian Blaschke, CSO, Text Mining at bioalma, has added, "With EMBL's enormous expertise at hand, AKS will extend its coverage of chemical information detected in the literature. This move increases remarkably bioalma's solutions competitiveness in fields like toxicology and metabolomics."

"Text mining already plays an important role in life sciences. We expect that the impact of text mining will increase over the next few years and that the application of the underlying technology will move away from the experts' desks to become a daily used tool by life science researchers," says Dr. Reinhard Schneider, who leads the Data Integration and Knowledge Management Team at the EMBL. "With bioalma's AKS we have a system at hand which is from day one a valuable tool for our researchers as well as a great research vehicle to allow us to explore the application of text mining technologies as part of automatic analysis workflows."

Financial terms of the operation were not disclosed.

About almaKnowledgeServer (AKS) (, developed by the Spanish bioinformatics company bioalma, uses cutting-edge text mining techniques to annotate and detect biological entities in documents and stores the annotated documents in a biological knowledge base. With AKS, users can analyse large document sets in one go, review in-depth the literature to extract just the relevant information, and visualize the relationships between biological entities. AKS saves a fundamental amount of time and lets researchers focus on critical tasks.

About the European Molecular Biology Institute, EMBL ( The European Molecular Biology Laboratory is a basic research institute funded by public research monies from 18 member states. Research at EMBL is conducted by approximately 80 independent groups covering the spectrum of molecular biology. The Laboratory has five units: the main Laboratory in Heidelberg, and Outstations in Hinxton (the European Bioinformatics Institute), Grenoble, Hamburg, and Monterotondo near Rome. The cornerstones of EMBL's mission are: to perform basic research in molecular biology; to train scientists, students and visitors at all levels; to offer vital services to scientists in the member states; to develop new instruments and methods in the life sciences; and to actively engage in technology transfer activities. EMBL's international PhD Programme has a student body of about 170. The Laboratory also sponsors an active Science and Society programme. Visitors from the press and public are welcome.

About bioalma ( Founded in 2000, bioalma is headquartered in Madrid, Spain. Founders include well-known leading scientists from the Spanish Research Council (CSIC). bioalma leverages expertise in IT and biology to maximize research performance and facilitate scientific discovery making vast amounts of data manageable, meaningful and accessible. The company is specialized in developing systems for knowledge management (automated information extraction) and manipulation and analysis of biologic information and data (microarrays).

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