The GenoStar consortium was made up of four partners:
GENOME express, in Grenoble
Hybrigenics, in Paris
Institut Pasteur, in Paris
the Helix research group at INRIA Rhône-Alpes.
The Genostar consortium was established in 1999 to design and develop a modular bioinformatics platform for exploratory genomics, then titled GenoStar.
The first version of GenoStar 1.1 was released in December 2002.
Version 1.2 was released in June 2003 to more than 50 French research groups. Version 2.0 was released in December 2003.
In 2005, the rights to further develop and to distribute the Genostar bioinformatics software were granted to the Genostar company.