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Membership of EU-OPENSCREEN ERIC strengthens Swedish research

As from 1 July, Sweden is a member of the European research infrastructure EU-OPENSCREEN ERIC. With the membership, Swedish research gains access to a network of international expertise within the area, and also access to the joint small molecule library that has been built up within the research infrastructure.

Two Swedish laboratories which the Swedish Research Council nominated in the application for membership, have now been evaluated. The laboratories are at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics at Karolinska Institutet and the Chemical Biological Centre at Umeå University. The Swedish membership comes into force on 1 July 2022.

“We are happy, the membership strengthens Swedish and European research,” says Maria Thuveson, Acting Director General of the Swedish Research Council.

The two laboratories, which are part of the Swedish national research infrastructure Chemical Biology Consortium Sweden (CBCS), help researchers to identify and further develop small molecules that are used as tools for studying biological mechanisms. With the membership in EU-OPENSCREEN ERIC, CBCS gains a European network in chemical biology to collaborate with.

For Swedish research, this entails, for example, access to EU-OPENSCREEN’s comprehensive library of small molecules and information about the results from previous screens. This can speed up the research process and enable research breakthroughs.

Swedish research also gets access to the other laboratories that are part of the European research infrastructure – where some have specialist competence or use methods that are not available in Sweden.

Screening is used when you need to test a large number of small molecules or chemical substances to discover which of them can do things, such as tie a certain protein to themselves. These methods are used in medical research, for example, to develop new and better medicines.

EU-OPENSCREEN ERIC is a distributed European infrastructure within chemical biology. After a long period of collaboration, the infrastructure was established as an ERIC in 2018. Sweden now becomes the tenth member country.

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