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  • FDA IT modernization push set to continue under 2014-2018 strategic plan

    When the FDA laid out its strategic priorities for 2011 to 2015, the agency listed the modernization of its IT infrastructure as a primary objective. Since then, the FDA has seen another chief information officer pass through its revolving doors and faced criticism from the Government Accountability Office, but is still plugging away with the IT modernization agenda in its next strategic plan.

Google gathering data to build a picture of a healthy human

Google continued to reveal pieces of its expansion into life sciences this week, with a typically ambitious plan to map the characteristics of a healthy human the latest project to go public. The initiative is underpinned by Google's standard building blocks: data and computing horsepower.

Cancer researchers tap computers to support preclinical go/no-go decisions

Researchers have developed a computational cancer model to predict how a drug will perform in humans, VentureBeat reports.

Cancer experts warn EU data law could 'halt' research

With the European Parliament's summer break causing progress on new General Data Protection Regulations to stop, cancer experts have taken the opportunity to criticize the proposal. Opponents of the changes warn they could make it practically impossible for researchers to access patient data for cancer research.

Report tips computational biology market to top $4.2B by 2020

With IT playing a bigger and bigger role across the R&D process, market research shop Grand View Research has tipped the computational biology market to achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.1% over the next six years. And that trajectory will result in the value of the sector topping $4.2 billion by 2020.

Broad Institute set to swell psychiatric databases using $650M gift

The psychiatric sector received a big boost this week when the Broad Institute was given $650 million to investigate the genetic causes of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. And the impact of the work is set to extend far beyond Cambridge, with Broad making the data available to researchers around the world.

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Bracing for an expensive round of late-stage studies and potential drug launches as it ramps up work on a slate of new biosimilars, Amgen reported Tuesday evening that it plans to trim up to 15% of the company's workforce, shutting down facilities in Colorado and Washington state as it slashes up to 2,900 staffers.