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Bio-IT World | Contributed Report | ZURICH--Early arrivals at the Pistoia Alliance Annual European Conference were able to enjoy the local festival of Sächsilüüte whereby a snowman (the Böögg, literally translated as the bogeyman) is packed with fireworks and placed atop a lit bonfire. The less time it takes for its head to explode, the better the summer will be. Although not usually so spectacularly explosive, the life sciences industry is certainly feeling the heat at present as technology develops rapidly and commercial pressures increase. The goal is to avoid a similar fate to that of the unfortunate Böögg.  

Bio-IT World Recognizes 2015 Best of Show Winners

| Bio-IT World Bio-IT World announced the 2015 winners of the Best of Show Awards Program last Wednesday to a packed audience at the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo. The awards program recognizes the best of the innovative product solutions for the life sciences industry on display at the Bio-IT World conference in Boston.

April News From the Bio-IT World Conference and Around the Industry

| Bio-IT World | News and product briefs from the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo and more. WuXi NextCODE moves to the DNAnexus cloud, Apple makes its ResearchKit development platform open source, and Seven Bridges Genomics integrates with Station X.

Chris Sander at Bio-IT World

| Bio-IT World | Chris Sander, chair of the Computational Biology Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, delivered a keynote address this week at the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo in Boston.

Owen White Receives 2015 Benjamin Franklin Award at Bio-IT World Conference

| Bio-IT World | At the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo in Boston, President Jeff Bizzaro presented the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Award for Open Access in the Life Sciences to Owen White, who leads the bioinformatics department at the University of Maryland Institute of Genome Sciences and manages the Data Analysis and Coordination Center for the Human Microbiome Project.

2015 Bio-IT World Best Practices Awards Winners Announced

| Bio-IT World | Bio-IT World held an awards ceremony this morning at the 2015 Bio-IT World Conference & Expo in Boston, announcing seven winners in its eleventh annual Best Practices Awards competition.

BGI, China's Global Genomics Powerhouse, Enters Cloud Analysis Market

| Bio-IT World | BGI has announced a cloud-based genome analysis service, BGI Online, which will provide an online computational environment to process genetic data, competing with established providers like DNAnexus and Seven Bridges Genomics.

HIMSS Keynote Speakers Highlight the Speed of Innovation

| Bio-IT World | The move toward connectedness in health care has not slowed, as a range of presenters, exhibitors and attendees filled two entire buildings of Chicago’s McCormick Place almost to capacity, during this week’s annual HIMSS meeting.

Now Biotech-Only Atlas Reloads With $280M Fund For New Startups

| Xconomy | It's been a transition year for Atlas Venture. Last October, the Cambridge, MA-based firm announced its tech and biotech teams would part ways and raise their own funds.

Bio-IT World Launches People's Choice Award

| Bio-IT World | With the countdown on to the 2015 Bio-IT World Conference & Expo, we are thrilled to announce the first Bio-IT World People’s Choice award as part of the Best of Show program. The Best of Show Awards offers exhibitors at the Bio-IT World Conference and Expo an opportunity to showcase their new products. This year, for the first time, we are opening up the program to public voting as well. 

Harvard Medical Creates Department of Biomedical Informatics

| Harvard Magazine | Harvard Medical School has appointed Isaac Kohane, co-director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and director of an informatics program at Boston Children's Hospital, to be the first chair of a newly-created department of biomedical informatics.

California Plants Its Own Stake in National Precision Medicine Effort

| SFGate | Hot on the heels of President Obama's proposal for a nationwide Precision Medicine Initiative, California Governor Jerry Brown has committed $3 million to a California Initiative for Advancing Precision Medicine.

Arvados Project Looks to New Models of Genomic Data Management

| Bio-IT World | Curoverse, a Boston-based company supporting the open source Arvados project, is opening a public beta of its service, inviting new users to test a platform built from the ground up to store and manage large volumes of complex biomedical data.

IBM Announces Deals With Apple Johnson And Johnson And Medtronic In Bid To Transform Health Care

| Forbes | Experts in health care and information technology agree on the future's biggest opportunity: the creation of a new computational model that will link together all of the massive computers that now hold medical information. The question remains: who will build it, and how? IBM is today staking its claim to be [...]

Roche Acquires Circulating Tumor DNA Company

| Bio-IT World News Brief | Roche is at it again. The pharma today acquired CAPP Medical, a genomics research company founded by Stanford University oncologists and industry veterans, to advance the development of technology for cancer screening and monitoring through the detection of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) in blood.

Cypher Releases Validation Data on CNVs

| Bio-IT World | Cypher Genomics released data last month showing that the company’s Mantis software provided “highly equivalent interpretations” to a panel of genetic counselors when evaluating whether 91 copy number variations (CNVs) detected in non-invasive prenatal testing were pathogenic.

Open Humans Aims to Be the Social Network for Science Volunteerism

| Bio-IT World | The Open Humans network has launched as a social network to connect research participants with new scientific studies, backing projects like the Harvard Personal Genome Project and American Gut that allow members to own, share, and publicize their own data.

Microexons In the Autistic Brain

| Bio-IT World | A recent transcriptomic study has revealed that hundreds of proteins have bonus snippets one to nine amino acids in length that are expressed primarily in the brain, altering protein function compared to isoforms elsewhere in the body. In autistic brains, about a third of these snippets are more often skipped.

Prenatal Screener Natera Grabs $55M Considers Cancer Test

| Xconomy | In the increasingly active genetic testing space, Natera is trying to lead the pack by harnessing its testing capabilities, thanks to a new $55.5 million funding round.

What We Are Looking Forward To At #BioIT15

| Bio-IT World | As part of the precision medicine initiative, President Obama proposed a $215 million investment intended to improve how we treat disease and foster health. What’s needed now is the infrastructure to turn data into discovery. This year’s Bio-IT World Conference & Expo (April 21-23, #BioIT15) will be three days of conversations in 12 tracks around those very challenges.

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