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Coriell Adopts IBM's Monitoring Software, Storage for Biobanking, Personalized Medicine


IBM said this week that the Coriell Institute for Medical Research is using its monitoring software and storage to support its biobanking and personalized medicine initiatives.

The IBM technology implemented at the center includes an IBM XIV Storage System, the IBM Tivoli Maximo asset management system, the IBM Tivoli Netcool operations management software, and IBM WebSphere Lombardi Edition.

The center adopted the company's Tivoli monitoring software to help manage its biobank of more than 48,000 cryogenicaly frozen samples. The software alerts researchers in the case of partial mechanical failures so they can relocate samples to a standby unit. IBM said that the institute's previous system only notified researchers in the event of a total failure of the unit.

The institute is also using IBM's storage technology to house data related to the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative Research Study — a project that aims to genotype 100,000 participants. IBM said that because each patient's data requires about 1.5 GB of storage, Coriell "faced a massive information storage demand that was simply too cost prohibitive using legacy storage platforms."

The company said that the new storage capability enabled Coriell to reduce its storage costs by 30 percent.

IBM also provided software that is integrated with Coriell’s inventory-management system and allows the center to electronically track each sample as it moves through various laboratory processes.