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Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)
Promotes the understanding and beneficial use of medical instrumentation

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Promoted information sharing within the life sciences community based upon open source principles *Inactive

BioIT Alliance
Develops standards and technologies to enable information communication in the medical field

Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN)
Promotes biomedical research through data sharing and online collaboration (U.S.)

Biometric Consortium
Promotes research and development of biometric-based personal identification/verification technology (U.S.)

BioPhorum Operations Group (BPOG)
Promotes cross-company relationships between leaders of the biopharma industry

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Cancer Genomics Consortium (CGC)
Promotes communication and collaboration in the cancer genetics research community *Formerly the Cancer Cytogenomics Microarray Consortium (CCMC)

Chemical Industry Data Exchange (CIDX)
Promoted Chem eStandards and advocated for the chemical industry *Merged with the Open Application Group, Inc (OAGi) and the American Council's Chemical Information Technology Center (Chem ITC) in 2008

Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC)
Develops electronic standards for medical and biopharmaceutical development

Clinical Genome Resource
Promotes the advancement of clinical cytogenetics and molecular genetics laboratories

Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL)
Promotes and develops barcoding technology for taxonomic research and biodiversity issues

Cytel Dose-Finding Consortium
Developed modeling and simulation software technology for the design and implementation of dose-finding studies *Inactive

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European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)
Supports life-science researchers in academia and industry

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Gene Ontology (GO) Project
Develops and promotes gene and gene product attributes across species and databases

Genomic Standards Consortium
Promotes and supports the development of a genomic standard

Global Alliance for Genomics and Health
Promotes the sharing of genomic and clinical data

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ICE Alliance
Promotes the development and market acceptance of global healthcare/eHealth industry initiatives and work products that promote clinical environments that are safe, secure, and interoperable

Independent Association of Accredited Registers (IAAR)
Promotes accredited management system assessment by acting as a resource for organizations developing management assessment based programs

Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST)
Promotes contamination control in electronics manufacturing and pharmaceutical processes

International Communications Association (ICA)
Promotes the scholarly study of human communication in academic research worldwide

International Council for Commonality in Blood Banking Automation (ICCBBA)
Develops international standards for transfusion medicine and transplantation for electronic data interchange protocols

Interoperable Informatics Infrastructure Consortium (I3C)
Developed and promoted informatics solutions for life science products *Dissolved in 2012

IQ Consortium
Promotes research and development of science and technology solutions that benefit patients, regulators and the broader R&D community

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NSF International
Promotes public health and safety-related information and certification and develops food and water industry standards

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OpenBel Consortium
Maintains the OpenBEL Biological Expression Language

Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI)
Develops and promotes research in nano- and micro-scale science and engineering

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Maintains a forum for the exchange of information within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries

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Promotes security and develops processes to strengthen the integrity of the healthcare supply chain

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Develops a scalable and sustainable pan-European organizational and governance process for the semantic interoperability of clinical and biomedical knowledge (Europe)

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Promotes collaboration across the biopharmaceutical research and development community

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