Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom have reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory to create an infrastructure that would both manage and safeguard life-science data generated by publicly funded research. Referred to as ELIXIR [European Life-science Infrastructure for Biological Information], the initiative is intended to support life-science research by making biological information, such as genes, proteins and complex networks, freely available to academic and industry researchers. Hoping to add additional countries to the MOU, ELIXIR coordinator Janet Thornton indicated that actual implementation and construction of the infrastructure will launch in November 2011. See ELIXIR Press Release, September 7, 2011; GenomeWeb Daily News, September 13, 2011.