|By Business Wire||
|June 25, 2014 11:00 AM EDT||
Omicia, Inc., a leading clinical genomics company, today announced it has expanded its scientific advisory board (SAB). Four new world-renowned clinical and genomic scientists will advise the strategic development of Omicia’s clinical diagnostic genome interpretation software, and support the company’s vision of improved patient care through personalized medicine.
Omicia combines genome science with state-of-the-art engineering to help researchers and clinical diagnostic organizations analyze and identify the genetic basis of a variety of conditions, including childhood disease, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
“Genomics is advancing swiftly from the research lab to the clinic,” said Martin Reese, Omicia’s Founder and President, “so we are thrilled to expand our scientific advisory board to provide clinical expertise to the nascent world of patient-centric individualized medicine. Having some of the best minds in genomic medicine ensures that our products have scientific merit, are evidence-based, and where applicable, provide actionable value to clinicians. We are extremely honored to have such a superb and extinguished SAB and thank our members for their trust and commitment.”
The new members of Omicia’s SAB represent expertise in both clinical and research aspects of genomics:
- Heidi Rehm, Ph.D., FACMG – One of the Principal Investigators of a recent NIH-funded initiative called the “Clinical Genome Resource” (ClinGen); Director of the Laboratory for Molecular Medicine at Partners Healthcare Personalized Medicine and Associate Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School.
- Geoffrey Ginsburg, M.D., Ph.D. – Pioneer in translational genomics and precision medicine with funding from the NIH, the US Air Force, the US Navy, DARPA and the Gates Foundation; Director, Genomic Medicine of the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy; and Executive Director of the Center for Personalized Medicine and Precision, Duke Medicine and Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering.
- Thomas Quertermous, M.D. – A renowned expert whose research focuses on the genetic basis of cardiovascular disease; William G. Irwin Professor of Medicine and Director of Research for the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford University; senior author of recently-published JAMA paper on the current state of whole genome sequencing, interpretation and clinical practicality.
- Mark Yandell, Ph.D. – Internationally recognized expert in comparative genomics and bioinformatics with roots in the early days of the Human Genome Project at Washington University and Celera Genomics; University of Utah H.A. & Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair Professor of Human Genetics, and Co-director of the USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery; collaborator and co-inventor of Omicia’s VAAST and newly-released Phevor algorithms.
“The genetic community is facing the challenge of bringing genomic insights into clinical practice,” said Heidi Rehm. “Novel genomic and bioinformatics algorithmic approaches, combined with solid software engineering skills, are key to meeting that challenge.” Geoffrey Ginsburg added, “The time is right for genomics to become part of clinical medicine. I applaud Omicia’s scientific approach of unique algorithms rooted in a deep understanding of molecular biology and biomedical ontologies, supported by a series of NIH grants and fundamental publications.”
“As a long-time collaborator with Omicia, I look forward to joining Martin Reese and the other members of Omicia’s SAB to bring novel methods and tools in genomic medicine to market through solid and thoughtful software engineering and marketing approaches,” said Mark Yandell. “The VAAST tool developed at the University of Utah is now accessible to researchers and clinicians anywhere in the world through Omicia’s user-friendly Opal application. Over the last few years it has advanced from research prototype to robust and validated clinical tool.” Thomas Quertermous added, “I am honored to lend my expertise and medical experience to the Omicia team to guide them as they build a robust decision-making system for clinical care organizations. Omicia is uniquely positioned with its powerful algorithms and team of experts to become a leader in the emerging world of clinical genomics.”
The new scientific advisory board members join current members Paul Billings, M.D., Ph.D., Paul Flicek, Ph.D., Leroy Hood, M.D., Ph.D., Pui-Yan Kwok, M.D., Ph.D., James Scott, M.D., Ph.D., and John Witte, Ph.D.
About Omicia, Inc.
Omicia delivers genome analysis solutions for research, diagnostic and clinical applications. Our market-leading clinical bioinformatics software platform enables analysis, interpretation and reporting on genomic data to expedite diagnosis and improve medical outcomes. Omicia’s products are in use at more than 300 world-class academic and clinical institutions worldwide. By accelerating understanding of the genetic basis of disease, drug response and health, Omicia is unlocking the potential of individualized medicine. Headquartered in Oakland, California, Omicia was founded by renowned industry veterans with a deep understanding of technology, genomics and diagnostics. Investors include Artis Ventures, Acadia Woods, Bay City Capital, Buchanan Investments, Casdin Capital and Yuri Milner. For more information, visit www.omicia.com and follow us on Twitter @omicia.
DevOps and microservices are permeating software engineering teams broadly, whether these teams are in pure software shops but happen to run a business, such Uber and Airbnb, or in companies that rely heavily on software to run more traditional business, such as financial firms or high-end manufacturers. Microservices and DevOps have created software development and therefore business speed and agility benefits, but they have also created problems; specifically, they have created software sec...
Oct. 1, 2016 12:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,423
Just over a week ago I received a long and loud sustained applause for a presentation I delivered at this year’s Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. I was extremely pleased with the turnout and had some very good conversations with many of the attendees. Over the next few days I had many more meaningful conversations and was not only happy with the results but also learned a few new things. Here is everything I learned in those three days distilled into three short points.
Sep. 30, 2016 11:45 PM EDT Reads: 5,438
In this strange new world where more and more power is drawn from business technology, companies are effectively straddling two paths on the road to innovation and transformation into digital enterprises. The first path is the heritage trail – with “legacy” technology forming the background. Here, extant technologies are transformed by core IT teams to provide more API-driven approaches. Legacy systems can restrict companies that are transitioning into digital enterprises. To truly become a lea...
Sep. 30, 2016 11:30 PM EDT Reads: 759
Why do your mobile transformations need to happen today? Mobile is the strategy that enterprise transformation centers on to drive customer engagement. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Roger Woods, Director, Mobile Product & Strategy – Adobe Marketing Cloud, covered key IoT and mobile trends that are forcing mobile transformation, key components of a solid mobile strategy and explored how brands are effectively driving mobile change throughout the enterprise.
Sep. 30, 2016 11:30 PM EDT Reads: 484
24Notion is full-service global creative digital marketing, technology and lifestyle agency that combines strategic ideas with customized tactical execution. With a broad understand of the art of traditional marketing, new media, communications and social influence, 24Notion uniquely understands how to connect your brand strategy with the right consumer. 24Notion ranked #12 on Corporate Social Responsibility - Book of List.
Sep. 30, 2016 10:45 PM EDT Reads: 507
SYS-CON Events announced today that Roundee / LinearHub will exhibit at the WebRTC Summit at @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. LinearHub provides Roundee Service, a smart platform for enterprise video conferencing with enhanced features such as automatic recording and transcription service. Slack users can integrate Roundee to their team via Slack’s App Directory, and '/roundee' command lets your video conference ...
Sep. 30, 2016 10:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,537
Web Real-Time Communication APIs have quickly revolutionized what browsers are capable of. In addition to video and audio streams, we can now bi-directionally send arbitrary data over WebRTC's PeerConnection Data Channels. With the advent of Progressive Web Apps and new hardware APIs such as WebBluetooh and WebUSB, we can finally enable users to stitch together the Internet of Things directly from their browsers while communicating privately and securely in a decentralized way.
Sep. 30, 2016 10:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,260
More and more companies are looking to microservices as an architectural pattern for breaking apart applications into more manageable pieces so that agile teams can deliver new features quicker and more effectively. What this pattern has done more than anything to date is spark organizational transformations, setting the foundation for future application development. In practice, however, there are a number of considerations to make that go beyond simply “build, ship, and run,” which changes ho...
Sep. 30, 2016 09:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,848
"My role is working with customers, helping them go through this digital transformation. I spend a lot of time talking to banks, big industries, manufacturers working through how they are integrating and transforming their IT platforms and moving them forward," explained William Morrish, General Manager Product Sales at Interoute, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Sep. 30, 2016 09:30 PM EDT Reads: 4,121
SYS-CON Events announced today the Kubernetes and Google Container Engine Workshop, being held November 3, 2016, in conjunction with @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. This workshop led by Sebastian Scheele introduces participants to Kubernetes and Google Container Engine (GKE). Through a combination of instructor-led presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on labs, students learn the key concepts and practices for deploying and maintainin...
Sep. 30, 2016 09:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,834
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, wh...
Sep. 30, 2016 09:00 PM EDT Reads: 4,062
Adobe is changing the world though digital experiences. Adobe helps customers develop and deliver high-impact experiences that differentiate brands, build loyalty, and drive revenue across every screen, including smartphones, computers, tablets and TVs. Adobe content solutions are used daily by millions of companies worldwide-from publishers and broadcasters, to enterprises, marketing agencies and household-name brands. Building on its established design leadership, Adobe enables customers not o...
Sep. 30, 2016 08:45 PM EDT Reads: 497
Kubernetes is a new and revolutionary open-sourced system for managing containers across multiple hosts in a cluster. Ansible is a simple IT automation tool for just about any requirement for reproducible environments. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, Patrick Galbraith, a principal engineer at HPE, discussed how to build a fully functional Kubernetes cluster on a number of virtual machines or bare-metal hosts. Also included will be a brief demonstration of running a Galera M...
Sep. 30, 2016 08:30 PM EDT Reads: 3,199
All clouds are not equal. To succeed in a DevOps context, organizations should plan to develop/deploy apps across a choice of on-premise and public clouds simultaneously depending on the business needs. This is where the concept of the Lean Cloud comes in - resting on the idea that you often need to relocate your app modules over their life cycles for both innovation and operational efficiency in the cloud. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at19th Cloud Expo, Valentin (Val) Bercovici, CTO of So...
Sep. 30, 2016 08:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,573
What are the new priorities for the connected business? First: businesses need to think differently about the types of connections they will need to make – these span well beyond the traditional app to app into more modern forms of integration including SaaS integrations, mobile integrations, APIs, device integration and Big Data integration. It’s important these are unified together vs. doing them all piecemeal. Second, these types of connections need to be simple to design, adapt and configure...
Sep. 30, 2016 07:30 PM EDT Reads: 571