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The Research Programme on Biomedical Informatics (GRIB) is a joint research programme of the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) and the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. GRIB brings together a multidisciplinary team of more than seventy scientists, as well as technical and management staff. Ferran Sanz is the Director of GRIB.

The GRIB mission is to develop and apply computational methods and information technologies for a better understanding and prediction of biological phenomena, giving especial emphasis to those related to the human diseases, their prevention, diagnosis and pharmacological treatment. 

The Programme has strong links with the Genomics Data Analysis Group of the IMIM's MarGenomics platform. The aim of MarGenomics is to integrate all the stages of the genomic analysis: advise on project design, sample processing, data analysis and interpretation of results. The Genomics Data Analysis Group is coordinated by Lara Nonell and located in the GRIB premises.

GRIB has a long record of leadership and participation in EU-funded projects and collaboration with pharmaceutical industry in knowledge management, translational bioinformatics and predictive modelling. GRIB has a long tradition of collaboration with the pharmaceutical  and biotechnological industry in the framework of R&D projects and also providing services, especially in the development of computational methods for drug discovery. GRIB staff is involved in pre and postgraduate teaching at the UPF and we are coordinators of the Master in Bioinformatics for Health Sciences.

GRIB is the node for Biomedical Informatics of the Spanish Institute of Bioinformatics (INB) and jointly with Farmaindustria, GRIB coordinates the Plataforma Tecnológica Española de Medicamentos Innovadores (PTEMI). GRIB participates also in the Bioinformatics Barcelona Association (BIB), which aims to promote training, research, and technology transfer in bioinformatics. Ferran Sanz, GRIB’s director, is the co-president of PTEMI and vicepresident of BIB.

We are located at Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) where an exceptional cluster of research programmes and groups are working on Computational Biology and Biomedical Informatics. The collaborations within scientists of these groups are frequent and productive, in particular with the Computational Biology of RNA Processing group of CRG and with Hospital del Mar research groups.

The research activity of GRIB has originated the development of numerous scientific software and the creation of some spin-off companies: BioCloud, AcelleraChemotargets and Pharmatools.



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