Launching the China Precision Medicine Cloud

Congratulations to WuXi AppTec, WuXi NextCODE and Huawei on launching their world-leading China China Precision Medicine CloudPrecision Medicine Cloud platform. The announcement took place at a ceremony in Shanghai on May 24, 2016 bringing together leaders and experts of the Chinese Precision Medicine community. The China Precision Medicine Cloud platform combines WuXi AppTech’s leading open-access R&D capabilities, WuXi NextCODE’s genomic data analysis capabilities, and China’s premier cloud platform powered by DNAnexus. This platform ultimately will benefit patients by accelerating efficiency and effectiveness of disease diagnostics, treatment, and prevention made possible by the sharing and managing of genomic data in the cloud.

We are excited to be working with WuXi NextCode to bring cloud-based genomics to China, and to bring Chinese genomics to the world. DNAnexus provides security, scalability, and collaboration for enterprises and institutions that are pursuing genomic-based approaches to health in order to accelerate medical discovery.

The DNAnexus-WuXi NextCODE partnership also enables research, drug development, and clinical diagnostic testing worldwide. The DNAnexus technology is providing the security and compliance for the China Precision Medicine Cloud to meet the guidelines developed by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). In the United States, DNAnexus has experience with precisionFDA, a key component of a similar initiative supported by the US Government. Additionally, the DNAnexus Platform has attained US CAP, CLIA, and HIPAA certification, supported by safeguards that are available for all of the company’s customers globally.

We look forward to continuing to work with WuXi AppTec, WuXi NextCode and Huawei to create the first unified platform for precision medicine in China.

At Bio-IT World: Technological Innovation Advancing Genomic Science and Medicine

2Bio-IT World Conference & Expo comes early this year (April 4-7th), where more than 3,000 researchers, life science, pharmaceutical, clinical, and IT professionals descend upon Boston.  If you’re headed to Bio-IT World, please stop by the DNAnexus booth (#317) to explore and discuss our latest projects, new datasets, and tools.

This year, Big Data is a featured theme at the event. Our friend and collaborator, Dr. Taha Kass-Hout (Chief Health Informatics Officer and Director of the FDA’s Office of Health Informatics) kicks off the Big Data: Sharing vs. Privacy vs. Security in Healthcare session (Track 3, Thursday at 2:00pm) with an overview of precisionFDA, the new community platform for NGS assay evaluation and regulatory science exploration. Additional fascinating talks follow: John E. Mattison (Co-Chair, eHealth Workgroup, Global Alliance for Genomics and Health) will present emerging initiatives from the GA4GH and Robert Grossman (Director, Center for Data Intensive Science) will discuss large-scale data commons for genomic and clinical data.  The final session includes those experts along with John M. Conley (Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson), Andrew K. Porter (Merck & Co.), and Mollie Shields-Uehling (SAFE-BioPharma Assoc.) for a panel discussion looking at data sharing innovations and the regulatory environment.

Best_Practices_Logo_2016_finalist-blue (1)Precision medicine continues to be a strong theme for 2016, bolstered by President Obama’s recent Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Summit. At DNAnexus, we like to think of genetic data as the original Big Data, and we are passionate about Big Data’s role in advancing medical discovery and treatments. We are proud to announce that precisionFDA is a Bio-IT World Best Practice Award finalist.  The Best Practice Award highlights outstanding examples of how technological innovation can be powerful forces of change in the life sciences.  The precisionFDA platform was developed under contract for the FDA by DNAnexus, and currently provides over 1,000 users from nearly 500 organizations in the genomics community a sandbox for NGS assay evaluation and regulatory science exploration.  Be sure to be there when the winners are announced live on Wednesday, April 6th at 9:30am.

Dr. Taha Kass-Hout, Chief Health Informatics Officer and Director of FDA’s Office of Health Informatics, will be making a cameo appearance at the DNAnexus booth to answer questions and showcase the precisionFDA platform.  Learn how precisionFDA is leveraging community participation to advance regulatory science in the area of next-generation sequencing – DNAnexus is proud to have collaborated with the FDA to develop the community platform.  

PrecisionFDA Demo & Dr Taha Meet & Greet at the DNAnexus Booth (#317)

  • Wednesday, April 6th at 10:00am-11:00am
  • Wednesday, April 6th at 5:30pm-6:30pm

DNAnexus Booth (#317) Activities
Unite your workflows. DNAnexus offers end-to-end tailored solutions. We’ll be demoing a few upstream and downstream partner options at our booth:  Sapio
Sciences LIMS, Pacific Biosciences tools, and WuXi NextCODE Cloud platform.    

Wednesday, April 6th
3:25pm Sapio’s Exemplar NGS LIMS Demo
See how the integration of the DNAnexus platform with Sapio Sciences’ LIMS solution is enabling seamless integration with bioinformatics operations, enabling secure scalability and flexible workflows.

Thursday, April 7th
10:00am WuXi NextCODE Cloud Demo
Learn how the WuXi NextCODE Cloud — powered by DNAnexus — is accelerating the use of genomics to benefit patients worldwide. China cloud solution now available.

1:20pm PacBio de novo Assembly & SV Analysis Tools Demo
Demo the latest PacBio tools on the DNAnexus platform. See how complex bioinformatics is made simple.

Must-See Presentations
We’re proud to support our customers who push the envelope in advancing genomic science and medicine.  Be sure not to miss these talks!

Track 3 Software Applications & Services:  Regeneron Genetics Center’s  Use of the DNAnexus Annex in the Amazon Cloud for Large-Scale NGS Downstream Compute
Presenter:  Christopher Sprangel, Director, IT, Human Genetics, Genome Informatics, Regeneron Genetics Center and Nathan Wallace, Founder & CEO, Turbot
When:  Wednesday, April 6 at 2:25pm

Track 3 Software Applications & Services:  Featured Presentation: precisionFDA
Presenter:  Taha A. Kass-Hout, MD, MS, Chief Health Informatics Officer & Director, Office of Health Informatics, FDA
When:  Thursday, April 7 at 2:00pm

Track 3 Software Applications & Services: Panel Discussion:  How will data sharing innovations fare in the regulatory environment?
Moderator:  John M. Conley, JD, PhD, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson
Panelists:  Robert Grossman, PhD, University of Chicago, Taha A. Kass-Hout, MD, MS, FDA, John E Mattison, MD, Kaiser Permanente, Andrew K. Porter, Merck & Co., and Mollie Shield-Uehling, SAFE-BioPharma Association
When:  Thursday, April 7 at 3:30pm

To learn more about DNAnexus and see a demo of the DNAnexus Platform, visit booth #317 in the exhibit hall at the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo.

DNAnexus Heads to Orlando for AGBT 2016

AGBT_logo_350Each February, droves of scientists descend upon Florida for the annual Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) conference. The conference is a mix of long days filled with presentations, and lively nights consisting of cocktail parties and networking. This February 10-13th , the conference takes place in Orlando, considered by some to be the “happiest place on earth,” where global researchers, leaders, and innovators will meet to share new discoveries and cutting edge breakthroughs.

If you’re headed to AGBT, please join us in Marbella 2 to discuss our latest projects, datasets, and tools. It’s been one heck of a rocket ship ride in 2015; already 2016 promises even more opportunities for fruitful collaborations.

Learn how DNAnexus is transforming the PacBio de novo assembly experience by providing industry-leading reference-quality genome assembly services. We’ve updated the most popular PacBio SMRT Analysis 3.0 tools and structural variant callers (e.g. Parliament) on the DNAnexus Platform.

DNAnexus Events at AGBT
Software Demo
DNAnexus, The Global Network for Genomics
From structural variant analysis to ENCODE pipelines & more, just ask Singer how DNAnexus might help your genomics research project.
Singer Ma, Scientist, DNAnexus
Thursday, February 11th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Coquina North & South

Party Under the Stars
Friday, February 12th, 9:30pm
Fairways Lawn
Join us for libations and lively discussions under the stars.
Co-hosted with Pacific Biosciences, BioNano Genomics, New England BioLabs, Sage Science, and DNAnexus.

DNAnexus Supported Science
We’re proud to support the truly innovative research of our customers who push the envelope in advancing genomic science and medicine. Be sure to check out these posters at AGBT!

Poster #609:  Challenges in Large-Scale Human Whole Genome Sequencing with HiSeq X Ten: Towards Clinical Applications 
Yi Han, Baylor College of Medicine

Poster #704:  Rapid Capture Methods for Comprehensive Carrier Screening
Donna Muzny, Baylor College of Medicine

Poster #705:  Transplanted Organ Surveillance by Genomic Analysis of Donor-derived cfDNA 
Marica Grskovic, CareDx, Inc.

Poster #1210:  Rapid and scalable typing of structural variants with assembly-based indexing 
Will Salerno, Baylor College of Medicine

Poster #1906:  Analytical Validation of a Clinical Grade NGS dd-cfDNA Assay: Lessons from cloud computation Infrastructures and methods-based proficiency using NIST–GIAB Resources 
Yue Sarah Wang, CareDX Inc.

For more details on this year’s meeting, and to see the complete agenda check it out here.

See you in Orlando!