ECDC chooses Applied Maths for the development of a European molecular surveillance network

Applied Maths has successfully concluded a public tender (OJ/19/04/2011-PROC/2011/026) launched in April 2011 by the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) and intended to prepare the installation of a European network for molecular typing data, such as Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE), Multi Locus VNTR Analysis (MLVA), PCR-based ribotyping, spa-typing, etc.

In the last decade, the European Commission has funded as many as 17 dedicated surveillance networks on diverse communicable diseases. One of the objectives of the ECDC is to further develop and harmonize these activities across the European Union. As a result, The European Surveillance System (TESSy), a global repository and reporting system for epidemiological data has been developed. The collaboration with Applied Maths will allow ECDC to address their need for integrating molecular typing data into the EU surveillance system.

The need for a flexible extension of the existing epidemiological platform with molecular data is met very well by the Applied Maths BioNumerics and BioNumerics Advanced Server solutions, both platforms offering powerful analysis and databasing tools combined with customizability and expandibility. Over the next months, Applied Maths consultants will assist ECDC software engineers in linking TESSy to the Applied Maths molecular surveillance software. The new TESSy platform, tightly integrating TESSy and BioNumerics, will acquire and accommodate epidemiological and molecular data from all participating EU member states.

Koen Janssens, CEO at Applied Maths: "We are delighted that the ECDC has selected Applied Maths for this ambitious project. It holds the promise of bringing European surveillance of infectious diseases to a whole new level and therefore we consider it a very important challenge for our company. This collaboration also illustrates that 20 years after its inception, Applied Maths is still setting the standards in epidemiological bioinformatics."

About Applied Maths

Applied Maths, a bioinformatics company, was founded in 1992 and incorporated in 1994. Since then, it has gained global recognition with its software for the analysis of electrophoresis patterns. The company has acquired a unique market position with BioNumerics, a software suite for integrated databasing and analysis of all kinds of biological data. BioNumerics has developed into a multi-faceted platform combining databasing and analysis technologies, with numerous applications in research and diagnostics, including bacterial and viral epidemiology and profiling, plant improvement, human genetics and biotechnology.

Applied Maths combines extensive expertise in bioinformatics and unique mathematical know-how to develop the most powerful and fastest algorithms for pattern recognition and matching, data mining, screening and clustering. In so doing, the company fulfills a critical requirement in the bioinformatics industry for obtaining and analyzing greater and more complex data sets. The impact of Applied Maths' software is evidenced by referrals in thousands of scientific publications and an impressive portfolio of customers throughout the world. The BioNumerics software platform is used in many prestigious international projects and mission-critical networks.

Applied Maths has units in Sint-Martens-Latem (Belgium) (head office) and Austin (USA). For further information, please visit the company's website:

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