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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.

April News and Product Briefs

| Bio-IT World | News and product briefs from Quest Diagnostics, Personalis, QIAGEN, Qlucore, Berry Genomics, SCIEX, Ancestry, Linguamatics, and much more.

2015 Bio-IT World Best Practices Finalists Announced

| Bio-IT World | Bio-IT World announced finalists in its 2015 Best Practices Award competition this morning. The 25 finalists will compete for seven awards chosen by a panel of expert judges. The winners will be announced during the keynote session at the Bio-IT World Conference and Expo on April 22, in Boston.

New Cas9 Molecule Points the Way to Viral Delivery of CRISPR Systems

| Bio-IT World | A paper published in today's issue of Nature demonstrates that exploring the natural diversity of CRISPR systems could lead the way to new therapeutic tools, as scientists at the Broad Institute successfully edit the genomes of mice using an AAV vector and a new Cas9 molecule derived from Staphylococcus aureus.

How GitHub Apparently Ended Up In The Crosshairs Of Chinese Hackers

| ReadWrite | It involves dissidents hacking ways around the Great Firewall.

Choosing the cloud that’s right for you

| Computerworld | There are degrees of commitment to the cloud, and more than one cloud model to consider.

LifeMap Solutions Teams Up with Mount Sinai on Digital Health

| Bio-IT World | This morning, LifeMap Solutions announced the launch of COPD Navigator, a mobile health app for people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, in a pilot program conducted with Mount Sinai's Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology.

New York Genome Center Launches First LDT, Whole Exome Sequencing

| Bio-IT World News Brief | The New York Genome Center (NYGC) announced today that it has received approval from the New York State Department of Health to offer clinical whole exome sequencing for individuals with constitutional disorders. This is the first laboratory-developed test, or LDT, from the Center to be cleared for clinical diagnostic use.

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