Dr Niklas Blomberg is the Founding Director of ELIXIR, the pan-European infrastructure for biological information, since February 2013. After pursuing his Bachelor in Chemistry from Göteborg University, he obtained his PhD in Structural Biology and Bioinformatics from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg.
He had worked as Principal Scientist and Team Leader in Computational Chemistry and Computational Biology at AstraZeneca R&D Mölndal, Sweden, from 1999 until 2014. During his time at AstraZeneca he was also EFPIA co-chair at the Innovative Medicines Initiative – OpenPHACTS project, from 2009 until 2013. Before joining ELIXIR in 2013, he was also chairman of the Swedish national research infrastructure for bioinformatics.