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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.

Report: Development IT hit hard in Novartis cutbacks

Over the first few months of 2014, Novartis quietly began laying off workers, shedding an estimated 3,000 jobs in four months. Now BioSpace has provided details of where the ax has fallen and why, with development IT teams suffering heavy job losses.

Row over IT focus of Europe's brain project prompts 280 scientists to threaten a boycott

Two hundred eighty scientists have signed an open letter threatening to boycott Europe's Human Brain Project. The scientists have fundamental concerns about exactly what Europe is trying to achieve with its €1 billion ($1.4 billion) budget.

FDA wants an EMR database to boost oversight of drug safety

The potential to mine electronic medical records for insights into disease prevalence, drug adherence, patient safety and a host of other areas has attracted a who's who of Big Pharma, with the likes of GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer all running programs. And now the FDA is pushing ahead with its plans by seeking access to a patient-level database.

Survey: Firms prioritizing data security over business-boosting analysis

Over the first 6 months of 2014, the FBI, cybersecurity monitors and others have criticized pharma's data defense practices. Yet now drugmakers--along with their peers in other industries--are being taken to task for focusing heavily on preventing information breaches instead of trying to tap databases to boost their businesses.

U.K. scales back plans for patient database as docs back major revision

In the months since the United Kingdom slammed the breaks on its controversial patient data sharing scheme, officials have tried to hit upon a model that a now wary public will accept. And this looks set to result in a scaling back of the project's initial ambitions, with doctors calling for it to become an opt-in system and the group providing the technology admitting the program will start small.

Europe's brain project plans grant incentives to encourage data sharing

The Human Brain Project faces huge technical challenges in its mission to build a full simulation of the brain, with the computers the European team needs not expected to even exist until 2019. Before the technology arrives, the project is dealing with a more mundane, but equally important, task: getting researchers to share their data.

Survey: Biopharma still reliant on paper, email for sharing TMFs

A survey by Veeva Systems found biopharma companies still use paper or simple electronic systems to manage trial master files.

AstraZeneca opens up compound library to select academics

Critics of siloed Big Pharma R&D often point to the untapped potential of leading firms' compound libraries as evidence of the need for greater openness. Giving a wider pool of researchers with IT and high-throughput screening skills, access to the libraries could uncover new drugs, an idea AstraZeneca is putting to the test by sharing compounds with certain researchers.

EMA backtracks on clinical trial data download ban

The controversy surrounding the European Medicines Agency's trial data transparency draft terms put this week's management board meeting in the spotlight, with campaigners hoping the regulator would rethink its policy. And to an extent, the EMA did, but the compromise it proposed is unlikely to fully satisfy either side of the debate.