May 18, 2010 | The Best of Show Awards Program at Bio-IT World recognizes innovative solutions to important problems facing the Life Sciences industry, and this year’s program saw a record 43 entries from 42 companies! These are this year’s finalists and winners. A.P.
Informatics Tools & Data
WINNER: OpenEye Scientific Software’s BROOD enables fragment replacement and molecular design. Users can choose from 3.6 million drug-like fragments and find a fragment of similar shape and protein interaction to keep activity constant. The tool also gives molecules a “synthesizability” score to indicate ease of creation.
More information: www.eyesopen.com/products/applications/brood.html
Optibrium’s StarDrop is a software designed to help users identify high-quality chemistry. The tool allows you to profile the properties you require in a molecule and search for matches, and adjust those properties with a sliding scale to explore your results.
More information: www.optibrium.com/stardrop/stardrop-features.php
Web Based Services & Software
WINNER: BioFortis’ LABMATRIX DATA EXPLORATION ENVIRONMENT solves what one judge called “the single greatest glaring need in biomarker discovery”— investigator-initiated, hypothesis-driven data exploration with no coding required. Users have the ability to ask simple questions from multiple sources and data formats and play with the results using a drag and drop interface.
More information: www.biofortis.com
Cycle Computing’s Cycle Cloud lets users scale their compute cluster by detecting the size and length of a run and using as much or as little cloud compute resources as they need in the moment. With a pre-engineered workflow that runs optimally in Amazon’s EC2, and up-and-running applications for Blast, R, and others, the user never has to interact with the cloud provider.
More information: www.cyclecloud.com
The Denodo platform for Data Virtualization and Information-as-a-Service allows users to connect to databases, combine disparate data sources, and consume or publish the results solving what our judges felt was a huge problem in the industry. The web-based service leverages data virtualization, data services and data mashup technologies in a single platform.
More information: www.denodo.com
IT Hardware and Infrastructure
WINNER: Ocarina Networks’ ECOsystem is data compression that can deliver 50% space savings for image data and 80% space savings for other data. ECOsystem includes more than 100 algorithms that support over 900 file types, including multiple life sciences-specific data compressors for the types of files most commonly found in sequencing pipelines.
More information: www.ocarinanetworks.com
BLADE Network Technologies’ BLADE VMready6.3 is a set of VM-aware extensions to BLADE’s Ethernet switches that make it ideally suited to customers who are deploying server virtualization in their data centers. VMready enables networks to be virtual machine award by allowing ports to be configured and managed as virtual rather than physical ports.
More information: www.bladenetwork.net
By combining Isilon’s OneFS operating system software with solid-state drives in its new 5000S-SSD, 10000X-SSD, and 32000X-SSD products, Isilon delivers modular, pay-as-you-grow, enterprise-class scale-out NAS solutions that drive value for life science customers.
More information: www.isilon.com
Microway’s BioStack Personal Cluster delivers a hybrid environment equipped to perform optimized, highly parallel programs on 12 NVIDIA Tesla C2050 processors, memory and storage-intensive applications on the SMP server, and double precision flops throughout 192 CPU cores.
More information: www.microway.com
WINNER: MaxisIT’s eAdaptive enables midcourse monitoring and adaptive decision-making in an integrated environment; enables review and analysis of a study or a group of studies within a therapeutic area; and addresses the need of analyzing transcending effect caused by planned adaptation within clinical design or operations.
More information: www.maxisit.com
Medidata’s Rave Safety Gateway v.1.0 is a web-based, configurable EDC-to-safety system interface offered as part of the Rave EDC/CDM platform. It automatically transmits clinical safety case data entered at sites to an E2B-compatible safety reporting system.
More information: www.mdsol.com/safety
Community Service Award: OpenClinica’s Enterprise Edition is a professionally-supported version of the OpenClinica open-source EDC technology. The enterprise edition offers an infrastructure and training program to quickly build and manage clinical studies using a fully-featured open-source product.
More information: www.openclinica.com