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Push to use big data in Japan gets help from industry, academia

The pharmaceutical industry's producers and academic researchers in Japan are actively engaged, despite setbacks experienced by others such as Google, in building a big-data pipeline, this one now including 10 drugmakers and 30 medical institutions.

Quintiles taps Google partner Tute Genomics for R&D

Quintiles, the world's largest CRO, has reached out to startup Tute Genomics for access to its database of 8.5 billion annotations of genetic variants.

Report: Public Big Data initiatives need moral framework to succeed

Big Data initiatives such as President Obama's precision medicine program and the United Kingdom's 100,000 Genomes Project risk losing public trust unless they consider the moral and legal implications of their work, a report has warned.

Alexion enlists BioXcel for data dive in search of next Soliris

Alexion Pharmaceuticals has turned to Big Data specialist BioXcel for help identifying its next blockbuster rare disease drug. BioXcel is applying its rare disease database to the collaboration, which aims to figure out which indications are most likely to benefit from various therapeutics.

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.

Buzz: Google Ventures leading $100M round in oncology Big Data platform

When Flatiron Health emerged in 2012 with a mission to improve oncology care, its founder predicted it would either be "a great success or a horrible failure." Now the Big Data startup is reportedly on the cusp of taking a major step towards the better of these two outcomes, with Fortune writing Google's venture capital wing is leading a $100 million financing round.

Billionaire-backed startup puts Big Data, AI at the heart of drug discovery

The features of Berg Pharma's discovery platform read like a bingo card of hyped approaches, with Big Data sitting alongside genomics and artificial intelligence. Berg has tried to push expectations higher still by claiming it can halve drug development time and costs, but to date the claims--like some of the technologies on which they are based--remain unproven.

Busy week at Intel bolsters its presence in life sciences

Falling sales of personal computers have chipped away at one of the cornerstones of Intel's business over the past few years. The chipmaker has responded by diversifying and this week made three such moves, each of which has implications for the life sciences sector.

Data science consortium outlines a vision for the future of genomic Big Data

Last year 18 universities, companies and government agencies founded the National Consortium for Data Science. The consortium has a broad brief but soon established the challenges and potential of Big Data are writ largest in one field--genomics.

Report: Pharma is missing a Big Data opportunity by ignoring social media

Inherent conservatism and a lack of regulatory guidance have caused pharma to edge slowly onto social media platforms. Yet patients still talk about their health online. Should drugmakers be listening?