Bayer has set up a system to manage its omics data analysis workflow. The system is the result of Bayer's collaboration with Genedata, which has provided its data management and analysis software to a platform that also draws on the capabilities of the open-source iRODS.
J. Craig Venter's Human Longevity Inc. has struck a deal to provide exome sequencing services to the customers of a South Africa-based insurance firm. HLI is charging a meager $250 per exome, but in addition to the cash will get one of the other things it wants: data.
Labfolder has pulled in more than $1 million to finance development of its electronic lab notebook (ELN) system. The startup will use the cash to advance its vision of creating a system to connect researchers and the networks of equipment, software and data that support their work.
Google is keeping up the pace of its push into diabetes. Having got the ball rolling by allying with Novartis in 2014, Google has now added Sanofi to its burgeoning list of diabetes collaborators.
The FDA has come good on its promise to make its stash of medical device data available publicly.
Biogen is working with Columbia University Medical Center to build a database of genes and clinical traits from 1,500 people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The project, which is partly funded by cash raised in the Ice Bucket Challenge, is intended to help Biogen understand how genes contribute to different forms of ALS.
Intel has unveiled its pitch to become the organization that pulls cancer data out of silos. The semiconductor giant has spent the past two years working on the problem with Oregon Health & Science University, bringing it to the point at which it is ready to open up the platform to other organizations.
YouTube users upload 300 hours of video every minute. If the site keeps growing at its current rate, researchers think users could be uploading 1,700 hours of video a minute by 2025, a total that would amount to 2 exabytes of data per year. Yet if a new analysis is right, the computing crunch facing genomics could dwarf these challenges.
Core Informatics has closed a $17.5 million Series B round to bankroll its campaign to capture an ever-growing slice of the LIMS and ELN markets. The cash will fund an across-the-board hiring spree and swell Core Informatics' current 65-strong headcount by 50% over the next 5 months.
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.