NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Eagle Genomics and IT business consulting firm Cognizant will partner with the Pistoia Alliance in a pilot project to develop a cloud-based platform that would provide easier access to gene sequence data.
The conceptual platform Eagle Genomics and Teaneck, NJ-based Cognizant will develop will be aimed at enabling working group companies to share their bioinformatics resources simultaneously in a secure environment.
The Pistoia Alliance is a global non-profit group of life science companies, vendors, publishers, and academics that seeks to improve the interoperability of research and development business processes.
Cambridge, UK-based Eagle Genomics will provide its bioinformatics knowledge to the program, and Cognizant will manage the development of the new platform, testing, security validation, as well as manage relationships with member organizations.
The platform the firms plan to develop will use a scalable software system and support database developed by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the European Bioinformatics Institute to produce and maintain automatic annotation on eukaryotic genomes.
"With the combined strengths of Cognizant and Eagle Genomics and the broader Pistoia community, we will build a platform to define standards in sequence services, while overcoming the challenges of disparate data and tools," Pistoia Alliance President Nick Lynch said in a statement.