ProteoRed, a Spanish Initiative in the field of proteomics, is reaching international standards. Here we present ProteoRed as an example of collaborative initiative in the field of proteomics. Being established as a high level proteomics service provider, it also has consolidated as one of the first institutions really involved in implementing proteomics standards developed by the HUPO consortium. As a collaborative network it has proved a valuable platform to coordinate multi-centric experiments aiming at evaluating the robustness of laboratory workflows as well as the implementation of standards. In addition, this initiative has been very active in promoting the interaction between clinicians and basic researchers by means of courses, workshops or symposia like the one highlighted in this report, which was devoted to clinical proteomics and took place in La Coruña, Spain, last September.
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