The Spanish National Bioinformatics Institute (Instituto Nacional de Bioinformática in Spanish, or short INB) is an academic service institution founded in 2003 by the mayor research groups in Spain at that time. The INB serves in the coordination, integration and development of Spanish Bioinformatics Resources in projects in the areas of genomics, proteomics and translational medicine. Its mission is to consolidate Bioinformatics as a scientific discipline, providing technical support in Bioinformatics to laboratories, institutions and companies throughout the territory.
The JBI2010 conference featured two sessions, “INB Technicians internal session” and “Bioinformatic Software Developments in Spain and beyond”, that introduced the state of the art of bioinformatic software developments at the INB and its role at the national and international level. This paper gives a summary of those sessions and presents an overview of the activities and contributions of the INB to the field of bioinformatics.