Tecnalia wins a European award for its search engine used to find biological samples


This Spanish research center has won the 2014 Innovation Award, which is given each year by the European group EARTO (European Association of Research and Technology Organizations). Tecnalia was singled out for its Biosimil project, a search engine that examines biological and medical samples.

Biobanks are entities which store and supply biological samples. In order to find samples for medical research it’s often necessary for researchers to call numerous biobanks, especially when dealing with rare diseases.

The Biosimil application from Tecnalia works like a ‘medical Google’, allowing users to search any biobank around the world in order to find biological samples that can be of help for research and treatments. This system reduces the time that’s required for doctors, universities, research centers and pharmaceutical companies to carry out their searches by 60%.

This search engine was developed as part of the Biopool healthcare project, led by the Basque Biobank for Research (Biobanco Vasco para la Investigación).Thanks to the advantages it offers, Biosimil was chosen by EARTO as the recipient of its top innovation award.

EARTO, a non-profit European organization, has been awarding this prize since 2009 in order to recognize the best technological innovations. The award also highlights their market potential.

EARTO represents numerous research and technology organizations with combined annual revenues totaling €23bn.