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Eagle Genomics to Supply Bioinformatics Services to UK's One Nucleus Members

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This article has been updated to include comments from a spokesperson for One Nucleus.

Eagle Genomics said this week that it has signed a support supplier agreement with One Nucleus, a UK-based life science membership organization that will provide One Nucleus members with access to its bioinformatics services at discounted rates.

Formed in April by the merger of the London Biotechnology Network and the Cambridge-based Eastern Region Biotechnology Initiative, One Nucleus currently has more than 500 members that include pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostic companies, and associated technical and commercial service providers.

Richard Holland, Eagle Genomics operations and delivery director, told BioInform via e-mail that Eagle Genomics will be able to provide parallel data analysis pipelines to analyze next-generation sequencing data and other large datasets for members of One Nucleus.

“Where customers don't have their own hardware, we use the power of cloud computing to run these pipelines on high-performance computing hardware at minimal cost and at maximal efficiency,” he said.

In addition, Eagle will also install, manage, upgrade and use a variety of open-source bioinformatics software and data to improve the bioinformatics resources that users have in-house.

“Training courses can be run to teach technical staff how to make use of the code and APIs and to help end-users learn the best way to use the tools to get the information they need,” he said.

He also said that where customers lack sufficient bioinformatics staff in-house or don't have sufficient knowledge in specialist areas, Eagle can provide an elastic on-demand resource where the company’s staff work as consultants to construct custom-made software or provide a few hours "hands-on-deck" to relieve pressure.

A spokesperson for One Nucleus, Richard Dickinson, told BioInform that the organization selected Eagle Genomics because of the company’s excellent track record. “Eagle Genomics is an active member of One Nucleus and its team members are regular attendees at One Nucleus Network meetings,” he said via e-mail. “They are well-connected with the other members of our network.”

He added that businesses-to-business interaction among members is one of the benefits of being a member of One Nucleus.

Eagle, based in Cambridge, UK, was launched two years ago with the goal of providing commercial support for open-source bioinformatics tools. To that end, in May of this year, the company collaborated with the John Innes Center to build a commercial bioinformatics service for breeding plants that’s based on JIC’s TraitTag SNP discovery software. An Eagle Genomics spokesperson told BioInform at the time that the company plans to have a working prototype of the TraitTag service by July or August (BioInform 05/28/2010).

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