Amazon has made The Cancer Genome Atlas and The International Cancer Genome Consortium PanCancer data sets freely available through its cloud platform. The addition of the data sets continues Amazon's push to differentiate its cloud offering through the availability of data.
Genomics England has picked Cognizant to help design and set up the IT backbone of its massive sequencing project. The two-year agreement gives Cognizant a starring role in the creation of the IT operating environment used by the 100,000 Genomes Project.
The former CEO of Chinese sequencing giant BGI has started his new venture, iCarbonX. As expected, iCarbonX will build a deep, broad pool of health data and develop an artificial intelligence platform to dig into the resource for insights into how to treat diseases.
Johnson & Johnson has added another company to its ever-growing network of third-party drug discovery allies. The latest deal sees J&J subsidiary Janssen Biotech follow GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Novartis and others by hooking up with Nuevolution to get a look at its drug discovery platform.
23andMe has bounced back from a difficult couple of years with a $115 million fundraising round that values the company at $1.1 billion. The cash will enable 23andMe to set up new lab space to fire up its nascent in-house drug discovery program and invest in a next-generation sequencing facility.
Cloud Pharmaceuticals and Therametrics have hooked up to apply their computing and software capabilities to a central nervous system (CNS) R&D program. The plan is to use Cloud's computing platform to design drugs to inhibit targets identified by Therametrics' software.
Bina's algorithm for the detection of small insertions and deletions placed first in its class in the DREAM Mutation Calling Challenge, while its somatic single nucleotide variant tool took second in its subcategory.
The march of IBM's Watson into biopharma R&D is continuing apace. Icon and Teva are the latest companies to ink deals to access the computer system, giving them new ways to match patients to clinical trials and create disease models.
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.
The first clutch of companies have graduated from Illumina Accelerator, the startup incubator program the sequencing giant set up last year. And with more than $40 million in VC cash secured to help the startups grow, Illumina is now looking for the next group of companies to join.