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Swiss Systems Biology Initiative announces Flagship Projects
Date:3/14/2008

n for this first round of financing for RTD projects. Since the institutions involved in each project are required to invest matching funds equal to or exceeding those requested from SystemsX.ch, the total investment in this first round of RTDs will be at least CHF90 million. The definite budget allocations will be finalized in May. The next call for RTD proposals is expected in about a year.

Members of the research initiative SystemsX.ch include the two polytechnic universities ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne, the Universities of Basel, Bern, Lausanne, Geneva, Zurich, and Fribourg, as well as the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), the Friedrich Miescher Institute (FMI), and the Swiss institute of Bioinformatics (SIB). The federal government allocated a CHF 100 million budget for investment in Systems Biology research from 2008- 2011.

Systems Biology aims to explain biological regulation at a cellular, tissue, organ, or whole organism level in order to understand living systems as a whole. To do this effectively, biological data needs to be collected, interpreted, and analyzed at a level above its individual role in specific cellular mechanisms, compartments, or components. The development of computer simulations of entire biological systems based on mathematical models is equally important. This allows Biology to become a predictive quantitative science which in the long term will simplify processes such as the discovery of novel and more personalized medications.


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