Congratulations, Team Baylor!

bioitThis week our friends and collaborators at Baylor College of Medicine’s Human Genome Sequencing Center were recognized with a Bio-IT World Best Practices Award for their work on the Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE) Consortium.  It’s well-deserved praise for an important translational research project, and DNAnexus is honored to have been part of the team.

This year, grand prize winners were named in five life sciences categories highlighting best practices in clinical & health, IT infrastructure & HPC, research & drug discovery, informatics, and knowledge management. The ceremony took place at the World Trade Center in Boston, where awards were presented by Bio-IT World Editor Allison Proffitt and William Van Etten, a founding member of BioTeam.

Baylor’s Narayanan Veeraraghavan said of the news, “This is a great achievement to be recognized at Bio-IT World for the work we’ve done with high-performance cloud computing. With DNAnexus’ help, we have been able to operate at scale, store immense amounts of data, work with our collaborators and beat short deadlines – all of which would have been prohibitively expensive or extremely challenging to accomplish using local resources.”

This project represented the largest genomic analysis ever performed in the cloud at the time it was completed and was an exciting validation of the scale at which the DNAnexus platform can perform. Over the course of a four-week period, approximately 3.3 million core-hours of DNAnexus computational time were used to analyze more than 14,000 genomes or exomes, generating 430TB of results and nearly 1PB of data that we are still hosting for further analysis.

We look forward to working on more massive projects and congratulate all the winners of this year’s Best Practice Awards. They are an inspiration as we drive closer to a fully realized vision of precision medicine.

For more information on the CHARGE project, please check out this use case.

Back to Beantown: Kicking off Bio-IT World

Bio-IT World 2014This week the DNAnexus team is heading to Boston for the annual Bio-IT World Conference & Expo, to be held at the Seaport World Trade Center. We look forward to this meeting every year for its tech-heavy focus on high performance computing, data analysis, and IT management.

This year for the first time, Bio-IT World will include a track on data security, a topic that’s of great importance to us. (As featured in a recent security post from our Chief Cloud Officer, Omar Serang.) Fittingly, many of the talks in this track will focus on keeping genomic data secure in a clinical environment, which represents one of the biggest challenges for our community. DNAnexus proudly provides the ultimate level in genomic data protection in accordance with CLIA, HIPAA, GLP, ISO 27001, and other international regulatory standards, so that users in hospitals, diagnostic labs, and other clinical environments can rest assured their data are safe with us.

Other tracks we’ll keep a close eye on cover cloud computing, tools for data visualization and exploration, and collaborations. We’re eager to share information about the Mercury variant-calling pipeline uploaded by Baylor College of Medicine for the CHARGE project with conference attendees — it’s a great example of a complex workflow of analytical tools that got streamlined and optimized for performance in the cloud.

To learn about that project or to see how DNAnexus can help with your IT infrastructure needs, stop by booth #217 in the exhibit hall. We’d be glad to say hello!