During the Pistoia Alliance meeting held in Boston last week, representatives from three groups demonstrated pilot platforms for delivering cloud-based next-generation sequence data services with an eye toward the needs of pharmaceutical researchers.

Teams comprising representatives from Hewlett-Packard and the Swiss Life Science Center; Constellation Technologies and Genestack; and Eagle Genomics and Cycle Computing presented their solutions to delegates at the meeting — which was held a few hours prior to the start of the Bio-IT World conference.

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