(January 21, 2016)

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Webinar Description:

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the world’s leading research institutions and Europe’s flagship laboratory for research in the life sciences. Learn how EMBL uses Aspera’s patented FASP® high-speed transfer technology to facilitate collaboration through secure exchange 
of terabytes of research data between EMBL research units and globally dispersed partner organizations, including laboratories, hospitals, and academic institutes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Digital distribution of huge data sets in hours instead of days, resulting in faster project turnaround times of projects
  • Provision of services faster than previously possible, gaining valuable time to work on a diverse array of projects
  • Secure high-speed transfer of sensitive data between EMBL and geographically dispersed research units, labs, hospitals, academic institutes and other participating organizations around the world, regardless of file size, transfer distance or network conditions
  • Control costs with cost-effective options for data transfer


John_HeatonJohn Heaton

Director of Sales Engineering

Aspera, an IBM company

In his role as director of sales engineering at Aspera, John Heaton spearheads the architecture and deployment for numerous Aspera installations in support of complex use cases in multiple industries, including U.S. federal agencies.

Prior to entering the sales engineering field at Aspera, John was a Unix system engineer with strong competency in various operating systems (Solaris 10, Linux, Mac, Windows, *BSD), networking, security, and storage. A cloud computing expert, John brings over 10 years’ experience in understanding and solving the various IT challenges faced by the following industries: media, research, HPC, higher education, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, legal, and government.

John holds a BS in computer science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Jürgen ZimmermannDr. Jürgen Zimmermann

Senior Engineer Automation

GeneCore Genomics Core Facilities

Dr. Jürgen Zimmermann has gained more than 20 years of professional experience in various functions and departments at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), one of the world’s leading research institutions and Europe’s flagship laboratory for research in the life sciences. Jürgen has participated in complex projects, e.g. oligosynthesizers, DNA sequencing devices, patents in several areas, and developed automation processes, software and infrastructures in the area of NGS (Next Generation Sequencing). Jürgen studied Biology and Business Economics at the universities of Bonn and Kaiserslautern, and gained technical knowledge in gene technology at BASF, and obtained a degree as Dipl. Biologe, Dr. rer. nat. He currently holds the position as Senior Engineer Automation of the NGS core facility in Heidelberg, Germany.