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Open Source Foundations TranSmart, i2b2 to Merge

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The TranSmart Foundation and the Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside (i2b2) Foundation announced yesterday that they have agreed to merge into a single foundation focused on providing open-source biomedical software and databases for precision medicine.

I2b2 was founded in 2004 as a National Institutes of Health-funded National Center for Biomedical Computing and has developed a scalable computational framework for using existing clinical and genomic data in discovery research and precision medicine. Established in 2013, the TranSmart Foundation is a non-profit public/private partnership focused on the continued development of the TranSmart data-management system for translational biomedical research.

"Through this merger, we are creating a platform and community that integrates clinical data with translational research data to finally realize the promise that precision medicine has to offer — tailoring treatments to an individual's unique characteristics," TranSmart Foundation CEO Keith Elliston said in a statement.

"Bringing our clinical community together with TranSmart's translational research community through an integrated knowledge management infrastructure will further our mission for precision medicine and ultimately benefit the entire patient community," Diane Keogh, managing director of the i2b2 Foundation, added.

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