Press release: The tranSMART Foundation and BT Collaborate to Deliver Life Sciences Cloud Applications

DC13-350 (16 October 2013)

tranSMART now available on BT cloud; demonstration and download versions make cloud easily accessible for Translational Research initiatives

The tranSMART Foundation, a non-profit organization providing a global, open-source knowledge management platform for scientists to share pre-competitive translational research data, and BT today announced a joint initiative to unlock the vast potential of cloud computing for scientists. The tranSMART platform will be offered on the BT for Life Sciences cloud service to scientists in research hospitals, academic research institutions and life science research organizations globally, as well as third-party organizations.

“BT shares our Foundation’s objectives to advance promising therapies quickly through the drug discovery and development process,” said tranSMART Foundation co-CEO Brian Athey, Ph.D. “As a leader in the communications industry, BT brings state-of-the-art, cloud-based hosting technology to the life sciences community on a worldwide basis enabling companies to comply with stringent industry-specific regulations. This is the first of many strategic relationships the Foundation will be forming to optimize our community’s data sharing solution and to advance translational medicine research.”

“Teaming with the tranSMART Foundation is an important milestone for our life science ecosystem,” said Bas Burger, president, U.S. & Canada and Global Industry Verticals, BT Global Services. “The tranSMART Foundation is a great example of an organization that can help us to achieve our vision of contributing to a significant acceleration of the pace of drug discovery and development.”

The tranSMART Foundation recently announced version 1.1 of the tranSMART open source data sharing and analysis platform, which is focused on increasing productivity and efficiency of R&D initiatives. This cloud-based solution enables the effective sharing, integration, standardization, and analysis of heterogeneous data from collaborative translational research by mobilizing the tranSMART open-source and open-data community.

BT for Life Sciences was developed as a secure and segregated platform, using BT Cloud Compute. It allows scientists to construct and orchestrate in silico workflows and data pipelines so that new pharmaceutical targets and drug candidates can be identified. This platform enables research scientists to create global project groups and collaborate using social media tools. This ecosystem allows them to securely upload documents, share results and communicate via IM, voice, video, or chat. They can also analyze results in an environment that segments data and uses qualified hardware components and workflows specific to the pharmaceutical industry. The BT for Life Sciences platform enables organizations to adhere to GxP1 quality and regulatory compliance requirements. This is particularly important when collaborating across partner organizations, all of which may have different risk profiles and operate in diverse, regulated environments.

“BT will host a publically-accessible demonstration of tranSMART version 1.1 at no cost to the translational research community. This demonstration site will provide a rich data environment for exploring the capabilities of the tranSMART platform. For a fee, BT will also provide a straightforward “click-to-deploy” service for organizations that choose to partner with cloud providers for infrastructure services,” explained the Foundation’s co-CEO, Michael Braxenthaler, Ph.D. “Through key relationships with industry leaders like BT, we will be able to further enhance our platform to accelerate pharmaceutical and biotechnology research.”

1 GxP is a general term for Good Practice quality guidelines and regulations

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