Apple has designs on the DNA sequencing sector. The tech giant is reportedly working with researchers to make 23andMe-style DNA sequencing spit kits part of ResearchKit, the platform that turned every iPhone user into a potential study participant.
Apple just gained a powerful ally in its push to make ResearchKit a core component of the health research toolkit. The Silicon Valley tech giant has tapped IBM ($IBM) for access to Watson, the data-mining and predictive analytics capabilities of which will be applied to health research. Read more >>
The fight for top bioinformatics talent is heating up. With 23andMe poaching Robert Gentleman from Genentech, the Roche-owned Big Biotech now finds itself competing with the likes of Google's Calico in its hunt for a replacement. 23andMe broke the news of its latest coup on April 2, by which time Genentech had already been advertising for a replacement for one week. Genentech is searching for someone with at least a 15-year track record in bioinformatics, experience of large-scale scientific software projects and a strong history of developing computational analyses. The stringent requirements leave Genentech picking from a fairly small and hotly contested pool of candidates. Read more >>
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Pfizer and 23andMe have begun enrolling people in their lupus study. The partners aim to recruit 5,000 people into the study of the genetics of lupus over the next 12 months, in part by asking existing 23andMe customers to participate.
Foundation Medicine and IMS Health have teamed up to offer a precision medicine service. The alliance brings together Foundation Medicine's cancer genomics database and IMS' real-world evidence platform, a combination the partners think can enable the effective use of more targeted therapies.
Biopharma companies may finally be fully embracing the wealth of clinical trial technologies now available. The trend, according to the analyst who observed it, is partly a result of the pressure on R&D teams to hustle drugs to market as quickly as possible while also generating the pharmacoeconomic data payers now demand.
Google has signed up a high-profile collaborator to work on its burgeoning cloud genomics platform. The agreement will see the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard work with Google to create new tools that pair their respective strengths in data analysis and cloud computing, starting with the offering of GATK as a service.
Google has revealed its pitch to establish wearables as a cornerstone of clinical trials. The wristband health tracker is aimed squarely at the clinical trial and healthcare sectors, setting it apart from consumer-focused rivals from Apple and Fitbit.
Eisai has become the latest in a long line of companies to look to IT outsourcing for cost savings. The drugmaker has handed responsibility for the maintenance, operation and monitoring of much of its IT infrastructure in Japan and the U.S. to Accenture in a pair of long-term deals.
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