iNEXT and Industry
iNEXT is coordinating access to infrastructures for macromolecular crystallography, SAXS, NMR, electron microscopy, advanced light microscopy and biophysics. The aim is to facilitate structural and functional analysis of complex biological systems and to promote translational research in biomedicine and biotechnology. Scientists from industry have been major users of such infrastructures over the years. For example, synchrotrons for macromolecular crystallography and NMR facilities have become an integral part of many drug development programs. On the other hand, new structural biology methods, like those based on electron microscopy are rapidly becoming relevant for the field.
Access, training and research
iNEXT aims to create and strengthen links between scientists from academia and industry by facilitating access to high-end structural biology facilities, and by providing access themes for researchers without prior experience in the field. Several access possibilities are specifically developed to attract scientists from fields other than structural biology and commercial parties that might not run an in-house structural biology program (e.g. SME). Access to iNEXT facilities is in principle trans-national and free of charge. In some cases access providers may also cover traveling and accommodation expenses. The results of the access must be disseminated via open access scientific publications, the research data supporting the publication should be deposited.
iNEXT Peer-reviewing criteria
In addition to access, iNEXT actively pursuits ambitious structural biology research topics to develop advanced methodologies for ligand screening, for the study of membrane proteins, and for acquiring structural information in the context of the living cell.
iNEXT Joint Research Activities
iNEXT Industrial Platform
To foster and promote iNEXT’s impact in applied research programs, an Industrial Platform was established composed of renowned experts from private parties. This panel supports the consortium in establishing effective communication gateways with industry.