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Report: GSK, J&J, Merck and Sanofi have made mobile app breakthroughs

A report by Research2Guidance found that GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Merck and Sanofi outperformed their peers in terms of apps downloaded.

Boehringer picks IDBS system in consolidation of ELN

Boehringer Ingelheim has completed a pilot project to assess whether it is best served by its current electronic laboratory notebook technology. The process led to Boehringer deciding to phase out use of multiple in-house systems and replace them with IDBS' E‑WorkBook Suite.

Billionaire doc teams with Oxford Uni to build 'NASA of biomedicine'

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong has teamed up with the University of Oxford and others to further the United Kingdom's plan to build the "NASA of biomedicine." Some of the £141 million ($227 million) investment is earmarked for establishing computing infrastructure to support the U.K.'s genomics project.

NIH-funded registry of patient-entered genetic data goes live

Geisinger Health System has added another component to the genomic variant database it is helping to create as part of a $25 million National Institutes of Health initiative. The new addition gives patients the option to submit their genetic test results and other health information to a registry.

Cornell bags grant to accelerate genomics data transfer

The National Science Foundation has awarded Cornell University a grant to cut the time it takes to transfer data.

Human Longevity backer creates $100M fund for 'crazy' ideas

While there is a well-established path from seed funding to exit for web startups, genomics plays with big ambitions require investors with deep pockets and an appetite for risk. Bryan Johnson seemingly has both and has set up a $100 million fund with the objective of turning "crazy" ideas into "viable" businesses.

23andMe steps up R&D with new hire, poster push

In a week during which 23andMe showed results from a clutch of its research programs at the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting, it also tasked an industry veteran with winning new partnerships.

Microsoft makes cloud-computing available to Ebola researchers

Microsoft has taken a lead from its co-founder Bill Gates' philanthropic efforts. The computing giant is making its Azure cloud platform available to Ebola researchers who need help with the storage and analysis of data.

Regeneron allies with DNAnexus on 100,000 exomes project

Faced with the challenge of how to handle data from the 100,000 exomes it intends to sequence, Regeneron has struck a deal with DNAnexus to access cloud-based infrastructure.The biotech is working with DNAnexus through the Regeneron Genetics Center it established for the sequencing project.

BBK inks deal to buy mobile app development unit

The acquisition tightens BBK's ties to the team that helped to develop its patient and site engagement mobile app, My Clinical Study Buddy.

Genomics England picks 10 firms for next round of bioinformatics talent contest

Genomics England has dropped two-thirds of the candidates to provide variant annotation and clinical interpretation services to the 100,000 Genomes Project after reviewing the first round of responses.

Researchers join forces to build database of 50M genetic variants

The genetic research community is about to get access to a lot of data. On October 20, two public databases generated by whole-genome and exome sequencing at multiple research institutions will be unveiled.

Report: Novo Nordisk to file for IT unit IPO in coming days

Novo Nordisk is reportedly set to unveil details of an IPO of its IT services business NNIT in the coming days. The Danish drugmaker has spent most of 2014 assessing whether to spin off the unit as an independent company.

EMA to discuss possible glitch in Thermo bioequivalence software

Increased reliance on software to support aspects of drug development has simplified many tasks but created the possibility that an IT glitch could have far-reaching implications. Now, the European Medicines Agency is to discuss whether this situation has already happened.

NIH turns on Big Data funding faucet

The National Institutes of Health has kicked off its Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative with an initial $32 million in funding. Harvard, Stanford and other universities received some of the cash to set up Centers of Excellence for Big Data Computing, each of which will tackle a different aspect of turning numbers into biomedical understanding.

ISB teams with Google for NCI Cancer Genomics Cloud project

The list of life science data projects underpinned by Google keeps getting longer. Having signed up to the BRAIN Initiative last week, Google has now teamed up with ISB and SRA International to work on a project for the National Cancer Institute.

Merck's VC unit invests in data security business

With report after report finding flaws in the data security practices of healthcare and life science organizations, Exostar has decided to accelerate its expansion into the sector. And the company has snagged funding from the Merck Global Health Innovation Fund to support its plans.

Merck and Pfizer join Accenture's Life Sciences Cloud Coalition

Accenture has joined with some big names for its R&D analytics platform. Eisai, Merck and Pfizer have signed up to collaborate on further development of the system, which is built on a mix of technologies from Accenture and Oracle.

ONC: Interoperability shortcomings limiting impact of EHRs

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT published its annual report on the adoption and use of electronic health records.

VC shop follows Y Combinator into the world of biotech incubators

Another incubator is ready to test Y Combinator's theory that it is possible to get a biotech-related startup off the ground with smaller sums of money than ever before. VC shop SOS Ventures is offering startups working broadly in biology $35,000 in seed funding, mentors and lab space at incubators in San Francisco and Cork, Ireland.