NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – What do a patient in a clinical trial and an oil well have in common? According to PointCross Life Sciences: plenty, at least from a data management perspective.

Both are subjected to diagnostic testing — what seismic data are to wells, biomarkers are to patients — and both, once selected, are monitored with technologies that produce streams of real-time data.

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