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Coriell Using IBM for Biosample Management

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Coriell Institute for Medical Research has tapped IBM to develop a layered solution to protect and manage its biosamples and the vast amounts of genomic data generated in its personalized medicine research projects, IBM said today.

Coriell will use IBM monitoring software to alert its staff to functioning issues in its cryogenic freezers, to manage and analyze data, and to provide a system to electronically track each sample as it moves through various lab processes.

The complete system includes IBM's XIV Storage System, Tivoli Maximo, Tivoli Netcool, and Websphere Lombardi Edition.

Coriell is currently involved in a personalized medicine research study that seeks to genotype 100,000 participants, with each producing more than two million points of data.

"The breadth of data output created by our research introduced new challenges to analyze and store this information," Coriell Chief Information Officer Scott Megill said in a statement.

Using the IBM storage system will enable Coriell to reduce its storage costs by 30 percent, IBM said.

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