BOSTON, MA, March 23, 2012 – The Pistoia Alliance, a precompetitive alliance of life science companies, technology vendors, publishers, and academic groups, will hold its second annual conference at the campus of Thomson Reuters in Boston on April 24, 2012. The conference, to be held just before the start of the Bio-IT World Conference and Expo, will showcase several Pistoia Alliance projects aiming to improve the management and analysis of next-generation sequencing (NGS) data.
Representatives from three gene sequencing/technology consortia—HP and the Swiss Life Science Center; Eagle Genomics and Cycle Computing; and Constellation Technologies and GeneStack—will demonstrate cloud-based pilot platforms for delivering hosted NGS data services. The pilots were developed in response to an RFP issued last July by the Pistoia Alliance Sequence Services working group, which collected detailed requirements from five world-leading pharmaceutical companies.
Other conference highlights include:
- The presentation of the $15,000 cash prize to the winner of the Pistoia Alliance Sequence Squeeze Competition, which challenged computer scientists to develop a better open-source algorithm for compressing sequencing data.
- An interactive session modeled on the popular “Dragons’ Den” television show that will enable conference attendees to review and comment on proposed additions to the Pistoia Alliance project portfolio.
“Attendees at the first Pistoia Alliance conference in 2011 praised our program as providing a forward-looking perspective on how life sciences organizations can work together to effect change,” said Michael Braxenthaler, president of the Pistoia Alliance. “We are excited about the important deliverables we’ll be presenting at this year’s meeting, and we hope this conference galvanizes more experts to get involved in making the Pistoia Alliance the organization of choice for addressing precompetitive challenges in life science R&D.”
Space at the conference is limited, and an overflow evening event has been scheduled to accommodate those unable to attend the main session. For full information on the meeting and the latest agenda, please visit the Pistoia Alliance Conference webpage.