March 3, 2017

UK shortage of health- and bio-informaticians

I wanted to blog about the issue of the need for more skilled and experienced bioinformaticians in this country, but after I read an article in the Pharma Times saying exactly what I had wanted to say I thought I might as well just redirect Eagle's blog readers there instead:

http://www.pharmatimes.com/Article/13-03-26/UK_life_sciences_let_down_by_poor_informatics_skills_experts_warn.aspx

Key points?:

  1. A shortage of skilled staff means that researchers absolutely must outsource more of their bioinformatics work either through direct contracts or through collaborations.
  2. Open innovation is the way to go.
  3. Collaboration between public and private sectors really should mean what it says from now on. Less of the private sector being used as a banker to fund public sector projects, and more of a genuine sharing of knowledge and expertise and a more even distribution of the costs of supporting such work.

Topics: Bioinformatics, bioinformatics support, open innovation, skilled bioinformaticians, UK bioinformaticians