Biological Pathway Exchange

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Biological Pathway Exchange (BioPAX) is a standard language that aims to enable integration, exchange, visualization and analysis of biological pathway data. Specifically, BioPAX supports data exchange between pathway data groups and thus reduces the complexity of interchange between data formats by providing an accepted standard format for pathway data. It is an open and collaborative effort by the community of researchers, software developers, and institutions. BioPAX is defined in OWL DL and is represented in the RDF/XML format. For more details, see Demir E et al. 2010. The BioPAX community standard for pathway data sharing, Nature Biotechnology. 28(9).


"Hello World" example:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
          xmlns:bp="" xml:base="">
          <owl:Ontology rdf:about="">
          <owl:imports rdf:resource="" />
            <bp:Protein rdf:about="">
              <bp:displayName rdf:datatype="">Hello World!</bp:displayName>

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Scientific Advisory Board

  • Gary Bader, University of Toronto
  • Peter D'Eustachio, New York University
  • Henning Hermjakob, European Bioinformatics Institute
  • Nicolas LeNovere, European Bioinformatics Institute
  • Peter Karp, SRI International
  • Chris Sander Harvard University