SMRT Leiden Assembly Grant

Submit your unique plant or animal genome proposal for a chance to win free de novo assembly services on PacBio SMRT Sequencing data. See details below.

We are excited to participate in our partner, PacBio’s, annual SMRT Leiden Conference in Leiden, Netherlands from June 12th – 14th. This back to back conference will include the SMRT Scientific Symposium on June 12th & 13th, featuring presentations from key experts and opinion leaders sharing their scientific discoveries and latest achievements from a variety of fields. The SMRT Informatics Developers Conference will follow on June 14th, focused on developing and improving analysis tools for PacBio SMRT Sequencing data. Software developers and bioinformaticians will spend the day focused on advancing new and existing tools for de novo assembly, genome phasing, structural variation, base modifications and Iso-Seq analysis.

During the SMRT Informatics Developers Conference on June 14th, DNAnexus will be presenting “Evaluating haplotype phasing from FALCON Unzip” at 10:30am in the session titled “DE NOVO ASSEMBLY.” In this talk, we evaluate the performance of FALCON Unzip in forming phased haplotypes by assembling and phasing the genomes of an artificial human.  By examining SNP’s that are known to be unique to one of the parents, we show that FALCON Unzip is able to produce impressive phasing information requiring nothing more than a little additional time in the compute environment to process the data.

DNAnexus is also honored to be a sponsor of PacBio’s Leiden Conference by providing the “SMRT Leiden Grant powered by DNAnexus” offering free de novo assembly for the most unique plant or animal genome in the world. One lucky winner will be selected for DNAnexus de novo assembly services on PacBio SMRT Sequencing data. Participants can submit proposals on the SMRT Leiden Grant website, with information on organism type and its impact on the scientific community. Proposals should be approximately 250 words in length and the genome size up to 1.5 Gbp, (>1.5 Gbp will be considered under special circumstances). Please note de novo assembly services will only be applied to data generated through PacBio SMRT Sequencing and sequencing is not included in the SMRT Leiden Grant.

Deadline for submission is June 29th, and the winner will be announced the week of July 9th.

Requiring massive computational resources to assemble reads or run structural variation detection across datasets, genome assembly is made even more challenging due to high levels of genetic diversity, repetitive elements, and duplicated genomic regions. Our bioinformatics expertise and computational power enable the delivery of high quality results, leveraging multi-omics data and tools in a collaborative and secure ecosystem. You can learn more about our fast, accurate, and cost efficient reference-quality assembly services that enable complex genome assembly, structural variation analysis, and physical mapping to achieve complete and accurate views of all types of genomic variation on our de novo assembly website.

Questions about DNAnexus de novo assembly or the SMRT Leiden Grant? Email us!

DNAnexus expands with Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform

At DNAnexus we focus on enabling scientific research and discovery by removing barriers such as data compliance and security concerns, allowing our global community of customers to focus on innovation, not logistics. DNAnexus is the only cloud-based translational informatics platform that offers regional services in China, North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, and now, we are pleased to offer our customers a second region in Europe, Microsoft Azure’s West Europe.

Data generated in the EU is subject to strict European privacy regulations. DNAnexus has adopted policies and implemented new procedures that comply with European regulations. Consequently, DNAnexus users based in the European countries can upload genomic data from individuals in those countries to DNAnexus in compliance with European data privacy laws and regulations (e.g. GDPR) and stay in compliance with regulations regarding data localization.

The additional region in Europe will address the needs of the growing European BioPharma and Precision Medicine customers, allowing them to seamlessly access the Azure cloud platform via DNAnexus while complying with European regulations, including the GDPR and other data privacy regulations. Organizations will be able to collaborate with research centers in the EU and across the globe to analyze biomedical data on one common platform, while still maintaining compliance with European regulations.  The DNAnexus Platform allows data owners the ability to set up compliance policies and enforce local/regional restrictions around their data, eliminating the confusion and potential risks of collaborating globally.

Other security features enable researchers to log, monitor, and block any unauthorized data access and prevent users from downloading or copying data outside of their regional boundaries. These features, in addition to industry-leading data management, workflow and data provenance tracking features of the DNAnexus Platform, provide an environment to work with large-scale biomedical and genomics data that complies with EU GDPR and other data privacy regulations, enabling customers to focus on scientific discovery – not compliance.

You can find out more about DNAnexus expansion and offerings at Bio-IT World. Visit DNAnexus in booth #310 and learn more about our conference activities on our blog. You can also stop by our demo session at Microsoft booth #446 on Wednesday, May 16th at 3:30pm.

We’re coming to the Windy City for AACR

American Association for Cancer ResearchWe are excited to be attending our very first American Association for Cancer Research 2018 Annual Meeting in Chicago, April 14th – April 18th alongside thousands of oncology researchers and clinicians. We will be exhibiting at booth 2845, located next to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital booth.

Last month we announced our partnership with St. Jude and Microsoft to analyze and store half a petabyte of pediatric cancer genomic data and attended HIMSS 2018 to promote the partnership alongside 43,000 IT & Healthcare professionals. At AACR, we will be highlighting our capabilities around portals which provide customized spaces for users to securely collaborate and globally scale their scientific research through removing the heavy lifting around secure data access, management, and analysis.

St. Jude Cloud, utilizing DNAnexus and deployed in Microsoft Azure , is a data-sharing resource for the global scientific community allowing researchers to mine, analyze and visualize NGS data for pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The portal enables St. Jude and researchers worldwide accelerated scientific discoveries around pediatric diseases by comparing a vast multitude of datasets in a regulated and compliant platform.

See what we have planned at AACR below! If you’re eager to schedule a meeting ahead of time with us, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or Microsoft, email us!

DNAnexus Activities at AACR


Come visit the DNAnexus booth 2845 to get live demonstrations of the DNAnexus platform and DNAnexus Portals. Visit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital booth 2844, for live demos of St. Jude Cloud and the Childhood Solid Tumor Network. Our scientific experts will be onsite to answer how our solutions could accelerate your cancer research.

Monday, April 16th

Tuesday, April 17th

Meet & Greets

Also in the booth will be times for scientific “meet-ups” with leading researchers from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Microsoft Genomics. We’ll be providing more information in the upcoming weeks for the sessions via Twitter, (so make sure to follow us!).

Presentation showcasing the DNAnexus Platform

Scott Newman, Group Lead, Bioinformatics Analysis at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, will be giving a presentation at AACR showcasing how major cloud-computing infrastructure is necessary to making complex bioinformatics pipelines easily accessible and providing intuitive visualizations for data mining in the Cloud. You can read the abstract and see the meeting agenda on the AACR website.

Track: Computational Methods and Resources for Cancer Research
Access, visualize and analyze 5,000 whole-genomes from pediatric cancer patients on St. Jude Cloud
Sunday, April 15th
3:05 – 3:20
Room N228 – McCormick Place North (Level 2)

Visit us at booth 2845 to learn more about DNAnexus, see a live demo of the platform or portals. If you would like to schedule a meeting, make sure to email us!