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#BioIT19: News, Notes From The Expo Floor

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Bio-IT World | The Bio-IT World Conference and Expo took over the Boston Seaport area last week, as more than 3,000 researchers, bioinformaticians, and experts converged for conversations around AI, FAIR data, informatics, edge computing, and much more.

WekaIO, PetaGene To Showcase An End-to-End Optimized Genomics Workflow At BioIT World

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Bio-IT World News Brief | WekaIO demonstrated an optimized genomics data analysis workflow at Bio-IT World in Boston, Mass., this week. The demonstration featured WekaIO Matrix, the world’s fastest parallel file system; PetaGene, the maker of award-winning genomics data compression solutions, and recent Bio-IT World Best of Show winner; and incorporates Sentieon’s award-winning genomics tools, for accelerated genomic data analysis, and Western Digital’s ActiveScale cloud object storage for long-term storage and archival.

Bio-IT World Announces Inaugural Innovative Practices Awards Winners

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Bio-IT World | Bio-IT World has announced the winners of the 2019 Innovative Practices Awards. The winners were announced live at the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo. Entries from Abbvie, Novo Nordisk, and Sentieon were honored.

Bio-IT World Announces 2019 Best Of Show Award Winners

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Bio-IT World | Today Bio-IT World announced the 2019 winners of the Best of Show Awards Program to a packed audience at the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo. ONTOFORCE, Genomenon, Genedata, Kanda Software, and PetaGene were honored.

Genomenon Partners With Google To Make Genomic Data Available On Google Cloud Platform

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Bio-IT World News Brief | Genomenon announced a partnership with Google to make the company’s genomic mutation data available on Google Cloud Platform.

Is A Science DMZ The Key To Solving Poor Data Utilization?

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Bio-IT World Contributed Commentary | It is often said that the bio-pharmaceutical industry is facing an onslaught of data, in volume, velocity, variety, and veracity. Can a science "demilitarized zone" be the answer?

Othram Awarded Research Sequencing Grant At SXSW By Illumina Accelerator

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Bio-IT World | New forensic sequencing lab, Othram, was awarded a research sequencing grant from Illumina Accelerator after presenting at SXSW for the "Digitizing Biology Through Genomics" session as part of the Energizing Health House program.

Blockchain – Not Just For Bitcoin

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Bio-IT World | Like any new technology, blockchain must find its place. Richard Shute believes that one of those places is in the life sciences, where it can benefit researchers and drug companies while protecting patients.

FAIR Data, A Fair Desiderata

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Bio-IT World | The principles of FAIR data—Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability—seek to improve the way data are collected and stored with the goal of preserving datasets from original research while allowing them to be reused or combined in novel ways.

Bio-IT World Announces 2019 Best Of Show People's Choice Award Contenders

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Bio-IT World | Bio-IT World is pleased to announce the 2019 Best of Show competition with the Bio-IT World People’s Choice award.

How Artificial Intelligence Will Impact Drug Development

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Bio-IT World | Artificial intelligence has the potential to stimulate and streamline drug discovery and development by increasing our understanding of complex biology, guiding drug design, and by assisting other more mundane elements of pharmaceutical R&D and regulatory affairs.

HLA Typing With PacBio Shown To Improve Transplant Outcomes

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Bio-IT World News Brief | Scientists at the Anthony Nolan Research Institute in the UK have demonstrated that ultra-high-resolution HLA typing performed with PacBio sequencing identified stronger matches associated with improved survival rates among patients who received hematopoietic stem cell transplants. The retrospective study was published this week in the Journal of Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

Data Visualization's Use In A Data-Driven World

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Bio-IT World | As medicine becomes frequently data-driven, data visualization will be key to the progress of its various fields.

Discovery Life Sciences Acquires HudsonAlpha Genomic Services Lab

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Bio-IT World News Brief | Discovery Life Science has acquired the assets, technology and staff of the HudsonAlpha Genomic Services Laboratory (GSL). Financial terms were not disclosed, but the HudsonAlpha Institute is now a shareholder of Discovery Life Sciences.

Australia: Moratorium On Genetic Test Results To Be Binding Life Industry Standard

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Asia Insurance Review | From 1 July 2019, the Financial Services Council (FSC) will enact the moratorium on life insurance genetic test results as a binding standard, following stakeholder feedback on the FSC Life Insurance Code of Practice consultation.

GenScript, ReForm Biologics, Mission Bio, And More: News From March 2019

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Bio-IT World | March featured exciting new, products, and partnerships from around the bio-IT community from innovating companies, organizations, and universities, including GenScript, ReForm Biologics, Mission Bio, and more.

Illumina Files Patent Infringement Suit Against BGI In Germany

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Bio-IT World News Brief | Illumina announced that it has filed a patent infringement suit against BGI Group's subsidiary, Latvia MGI Tech SIA, in the Düsseldorf Regional Court in Germany.

Sarah Gray And Arupa Ganguly On Remembering The Human Lives Behind Biospecimen Donations

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Bio-IT World | In a moving opening plenary address at the 26th annual Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference, Sarah Gray, an author and donation advocate in Washington, D.C., and Arupa Ganguly, a professor of genetics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, highlighted the importance of remembering the human side of biomedical research, specifically the biospecimen donors instrumental to driving potentially life-saving discoveries.

3 Steps That Biotech And Pharma Can Take To Improve Their Cybersecurity Hygiene

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Bio-IT World Contributed Commentary | When it comes to cybersecurity needs and policies, the biotech and pharma industries need to secure and protect their most valuable assets like every other industry.

Golden Helix Receives NIH-SBIR Grant

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Bio-IT World News Brief | Golden Helix announced the receipt a NIH SBIR Grant 2R44GM128485-02 entitled “Automated and Guided Workflows for Clinical Testing Using NGS Assays.” This is the second grant Golden Helix has received in the last nine months, totaling over $3.3 million in funding since the start of 2018.

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