The project of an integrated system in Immunogenetics has been started in 1989 by
Marie-Paule Lefranc, Professor Université Montpellier 2, CNRS, Montpellier, France.
A prototype of the ImMunoGeneTics information system was developed in France for Immunoglobulin
and T cell receptor sequences (LIGM-DB) by the Laboratoire d'ImmunoGénétique Moléculaire
(LIGM, CNRS, Université Montpellier 2, Montpellier), in collaboration with the Centre
National Universitaire Sud de Calcul (CNUSC, Montpellier, Sophie Creuzet and Denys Chaume)
and the Laboratoire d'Informatique, de Robotique et de Micro-électronique de Montpellier
(LIRMM, CNRS, Université Montpellier 2, Montpellier, Isabelle Mougenot and Patrice Déhais).
In 1992 the database became truly european with the collaboration of EMBL (Rainer Fuchs),
IFG (Werner Müller), ICRF (Julia Bodmer) and the obtention of a EU European Union BIOMED1
IMGT/LIGM-DB is available on the Web server of CINES at Montpellier since July 1995.
The first demonstration on-line was performed at the 9th International Congress of Immunology
at San Francisco, USA (23-29 July 1995).
IMGT/MHC-HLA, for human MH1 and MH2 (or HLA) sequences maintained by ANRI, London,
is on the EBI server since December 1998.
IMGT®, the international ImMunoGeneTics information system®, enhanced its
development through the European Community 5th PCRDT funding QLG2-2000-01287 (collaboration
between LIGM, EMBL-EBI, Cancer Research UK, EUROGENTEC and BPRC), and then
ImmunoGrid of the EU 6th PCRDT (IST-2004-028069).
Since 2008, IMGT® is part of ELIXIR.