When it came time to design a data integration system for Pfizer’s biologists three years ago, senior bioinformatics research investigator Robert Peitzsch took care to abide by an important design principle that many informatics professionals forget: keep it simple, stupid.

“I think sometimes we bioinformaticians get hung up on the nifty technical stuff,” Peitzsch said, “but it always comes back to the biology, and it must — that’s why it’s called bioinformatics.”

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