NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Era7 Bioinformatics is using a $430,000 grant from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness to extend its cloud-based platform for analyzing 16S metagenomics data to support clinical use of microbiome data.

The funds are part of a larger roughly $1 million grant awarded to the CardioBiome consortium — a group of four companies working on a platform for studying patients' microbiomes — by the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), a public corporation under the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

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