Life Sciences Field Day

Join industry thought leaders for a one day workshop where they share their experiences, concerns, and plans for emerging trends around data challenges in life sciences research.

About the event

Major drives throughout European Life Sciences Institutions are building highly scalable clouds to cope with a new ramp in demand. Technological advances in fields such as genomics, proteomics, and biomics include the rapid trend towards the $1K genome, increasingly higher resolution and 3/4D microscopy, and scanning and emerging analysis methods are becoming increasingly inter-omic, adding to complexity and performance needs.

These technology trends are accompanied by increasing complexity in catering for the user community who, in general, should not be required to become IT savvy. The spectrum of users ranges from computer scientists to patient-facing clinicians. Software-as-a-Service models must include pre-configured pipelines, increased standardization of analyses to assist dataset comparability, and a major step forward in ease of use.

Last but not least are the huge concerns surrounding data privacy. We see increasing examples of genomics and other patient data including identifiable features, yet European nations usually implement strict privacy laws. Combine this fact with a need to share data across institutional boundaries—for example, from computer scientists to clinicians—on open networks using shared computational and storage resources. Clearly, data security must lie at the heart of new services, not as a bolt-on afterthought, though performance, scalability, and affordability remain critical to success.

Gatan will participate in the instrument vendor panel discussion. A full agenda is available on the DDN Storage registration page.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI)
Maulbeerstrasse 66
CH-4058 Basel