Final Line Up Announced for Pistoia Alliance USA Conference

The Pistoia Alliance has confirmed the final line up for its USA conference, which is taking place in Philadelphia on 13th October. During the conference the finalists for the Pistoia Alliance President’s Start Up Challenge 2015 will be announced.

RFP published: HELM Ambiguity and Web-services

The HELM (Hierarchical Editing Language for Macromolecules) 2.0 project has published an RFP that aims to implement a number of enhancements to the current HELM definition and open source codebase.

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Our projects transform R&D innovation through pre-competitive collaboration.


By collaborating as equals we can overcome significant challenges too complex to tackle in isolation.


Our HELM project has won awards, and we were instrumental in setting up the tranSMART Foundation.


To deliver our vision we build upon a platform of transparency, openness, technical expertise and collaboration.

Lowering Barriers to R&D Innovation

We are a global, not-for-profit alliance of life science companies, vendors, publishers, and academic groups that work together to lower barriers to innovation in R&D.

Our projects transform R&D innovation through pre-competitive collaboration. We bring together the key constituents to identify the root causes that lead to R&D inefficiencies. We develop best practices and technology pilots to overcome common obstacles.

Our members collaborate as equals on open projects that generate significant value for the worldwide life sciences community.

Sergio Rotstein, Director of Research Business Technology, Pfizer

"Through the formation of significant collaborative relationships across its member organizations, the Pistoia Alliance enables us to work jointly towards the resolution of common problems in an unprecedented fashion, resulting in a level of efficiency and interoperability that is vital to our increasingly collaborative industry.”

Michael Braxenthaler, President, Pistoia Alliance

"Pistoia-led projects have the potential to transform precompetitive R&D, making it more open and collaborative and providing a platform upon which organizations can innovate in the ways most suited to their ultimate goals."

Stephen Gallagher, Director and CEO, Dotmatics Ltd

"Dotmatics has joined the Pistoia Alliance to participate in, and help inform the debate on, key future trends in our industry. The Alliance will be an important forum for us to understand and align to our customer needs and our involvement will allow us to access and help shape new standards that will benefit all scientific software users."

Map of Alliances discussions held with ELIXIR

At a very productive meeting last week at the ELIXIR Hub in Hinxton, near Cambridge, John Wise and Richard Holland of the Pistoia Alliance worked with Andrew Smith, Premysl Velek and Rafael Jimenez of ELIXIR to understand the intentions and requirements of both parties, and established that much of what we were doing was very similar, if not identical.

Core Members

Participating Members

Contributing Members

and the following companies and individuals... Alex M. Clark, Chris Barber, Christophe Jamain, John G. Sgouros, Lab-Consultation Co., Mary Chitty, Nick Trigg, Nicola Fantini, Paul Willer, Peter Fields, Philip Quinlan, Rachel Belani Barker, Richard Hather, Richard Wife, Robert E. Schwartz, Ted Kalbfleisch, Terry Stouch, Wolfram Teetz, Ricardo Grinberg-Funes, Gaia Paolini Ltd., and Vermilion Life Sciences.


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