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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?

New York Genome Center taps U. of Buffalo for computing horsepower

In its short history, the New York Genome Center has bulked up quickly to compete with the established genomics powerhouses, advancing from pilot labs at The Rockefeller University to its own 16,000-square-meter site. Now, it is tapping the University of Buffalo for the computing might needed to handle Big Data storage and complex analytics.

NIH names its first associate director of data science

Philip Bourne joins NIH from UC San Diego where he uses data mining in pharmacology. He is known to support the free exchange of scientific data.

Digitization work turns 125 years of disease reports into Big Data goldmine

Since 1888, the U.S. has published weekly reports on cases of notifiable diseases, building a huge trove of data in the process. The usefulness of this data was limited by its format, which stopped researchers from effectively mining it for insights, but a massive digitization project has now opened up the information.

Illumina to buy bioinformatics business NextBio

NextBio was set up to solve a problem partly created by Illumina's success in next-generation sequencing--how to make Big Data accessible and useful to researchers. Now, Illumina is to offer its own solution by acquiring NextBio and combining it with its BaseSpace cloud computing environment.