Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology chooses PetaSuite for genomic oncology data compression

Posted on October 22, 2019
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We are pleased to announce that Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology, the largest pediatric cancer center in Europe, has chosen to use PetaGene’s transparent, lossless genomic data compression software, called PetaSuite, to reduce its data storage costs while accelerating access to the data. Next-generation sequencing plays an integral role in the Center’s diagnostics and research discoveries. These valuable genomic datasets are large, and their volumes are growing. As such the Center sought to find a compression technology that can store genomic data for longer at a much lower cost while removing bottlenecks in genomic sequence analysis.

PetaGene’s PetaSuite software was evaluated by the Center against other compression techniques and unlike these, PetaSuite met and exceeded the criteria for a simple to implement and high compression performance solution, supported to a commercial standard.

Positive evaluation results

Senior Principal Investigator Dr. Patrick Kemmeren at the Princess Máxima Center describing the process, said: “Our tests with PetaGene’s compression software gave very positive results. We tested whole exome samples, RNA-Seq and whole genome sequencing data for different tumor samples. Implementing the software on our high-performance compute cluster is easy, the compression ratios are larger than what we obtain compared to CRAM compression, and accessing data is actually slightly faster compared to non-compressed BAM files. This on top of the added benefits of not having to switch to a different file format, a perpetual license for decompression and the time gains in not doing the BAM to CRAM conversion/retooling (and vice versa for some tools). As a result, we decided to implement PetaGene’s compression software within our computational infrastructure.

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The right software at the right time

Jos Leendertse, Manager Research IDT at Princess Máxima Center, commented “By implementing PetaGene’s compression software we are also able to speed up the migration process to our new storage infrastructure. It’s not only the right software but also at the right time.”

Vaughan Wittorff, Ph.D., Cofounder and Chief Commercial Officer at PetaGene added, “During the evaluation process, the researchers found PetaSuite’s transparent access technology particularly compelling since it meant that the compressed data could integrate seamlessly with the bioinformatics structure Princess Máxima Center’s already had in place. A key challenge with compression is to ensure that end-users can continue working with the compressed files without having to change their existing, optimised workflows. PetaGene has solved this by ensuring that the compressed files are readable to existing tools and pipelines in the compressed state. This means our customers do not have to change any of their tools and pipelines, making it easy to integrate our compression technology within their infrastructure.”

About Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology

Opened in 2018, the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology, based in Utrecht, The Netherlands, consolidated the work of seven different academic centers across the Netherlands into the largest pediatric cancer center in Europe. As both a hospital and a research institute, the Center has a combination of world-class facilities, leading clinicians and researchers all driven by a passion to cure pediatric cancers. By integrating the research facilities with the hospital, the Center is better equipped to implement novel discoveries into clinical care. For more information, visit www.prinsesmaximacentrum.nl/en.

Genique Lifesciences appointed exclusive PetaGene distributor for India

Posted on October 3, 2019

We are pleased to announce that PetaGene has signed an agreement appointing Genique Lifesciences as the exclusive distributor of our genomic data management software in India.

The agreement will allow India-based Genique Lifesciences to act as the exclusive sales channel for PetaGene’s genomic data compression software for the growing Indian market. Genique’s founding team has extensive experience with distribution of Next Generation sequencers in India.

“Genique already possesses significant expertise in sequencing technology sales and the consumer DNA testing market, making it an ideal partner for us in India, one of the fastest growing genomics markets,” commented Vaughan Wittorff, Ph.D., Cofounder and Chief Commercial Officer of PetaGene. “We are excited to be working with Genique to bring PetaGene’s software to genomics researchers in India, so that they can access their genomic data faster, more efficiently, and store it more cost-effectively.”

Speaking for Genique Lifesciences, Cofounder and CEO, Abhishek Das said, “We are delighted to represent PetaGene in India. Their innovative technology will help organisations optimise their on-site or cloud storage costs for the growing volume of genomic data in India.”

Significant developments in India include the Department of Biotechnology launching the Genome India project later this year with the target of sequencing the genome of 10,000 Indian citizens.

To contact Genique, visit their website.

ASHG 2019 in Houston

Posted on July 16, 2019

ASHG Annual Meeting 2019 graphicWe will be among the exhibitors (on booth #609) at the ASHG Annual Meeting 2019 in Houston, TX from 15th to 19th October. Each year the event attracts around 6,500 scientific attendees, plus 250 exhibiting companies. It’s the world’s largest gathering of human genetics professionals. The meeting provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of cutting-edge science in all areas of human genetics.

Make sure you visit us to talk about the challenges you face with storing and managing large genomic datasets.

We’ll also be hosting an Exhibit Hall Education (CoLab) session on Wednesday 16th October from 4:00 to 4:30pm on booth 345. In this session Michael Hultner, PhD, SVP Strategy & GM US Operations will demonstrate how our new encryption and data management capabilities enable organizations to manage access to their genomic data by internal and external teams.

If you’re attending ASHG 2019 in Houston, drop by booth #609. Even better, book a meeting in advance of the show to make sure we fit into your schedule. We look forward to seeing you there.

If you’d like to know more about the event or register to attend, visit the website.

New genomic data storage and analysis guide

Posted on July 11, 2019
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One year ago, Frontline Genomics published Genomic Data 101, its guide to the technology and hardware landscape for genomic data storage and analysis. It proved a valuable primer for anyone looking to find out about compression and general management of genomic data.

The data infrastructure to support genomic research, including compression, has evolved since the original guide. Frontline Genomics have published a new version. It’s called Biodata Analysis and Management – Genome Analytics, Interoperability, and Data Life Cycle.

The new publication addresses key issues:

  • The landscape of compression options and the enhanced benefits of techniques developed specifically for genomics.
  • The state of the art.
  • Technical considerations when choosing a compression solution.
  • Commercial considerations – ROI.
  • Specific considerations when storing data in the cloud
  • How different compression techniques integrate with existing and new analysis workflows.

There is new information on the innovations and developments in genomic compression, which include:

  • The improved compression ratios now being achieved.
  • Data to show how efficient commercially available compression gives better savings than would be obtained using a free open source tool.
  • How the plateauing of storage costs mean it’s no longer possible to rely on the historical trend for reductions in storage costs.

You can download the paper here to discover the latest on compression and other aspects of genomic data management.

HIMSS Europe Conference 2019

Posted on May 24, 2019
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PetaGene will be attending the HIMSS European Conference in Helsinki, Finland from 11th to 13th June. It’s a great opportunity to meet and tell us about the challenges you face when storing and working with NGS genomic data.

Come along to learn more about how our dramatic compression ratios, combined with the right storage architecture, can help you substantially reduce your storage costs, speed up transfer of genomic data; and enable collaboration through the cloud.

Schedule a meeting during the event by contacting sales@petagene.com.

To find out more about the event, and register to attend, visit the event’s website.

Case study: Storing genomic data for clinical research facilities

Posted on May 1, 2019
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Scientist working in a clinical research laboratory

In clinical research, next generation sequencing (NGS) allows production of genomic data files at an ever increasing rate. Storing genomic data effectively is critical, and while sequencing costs are falling, the cost of storage for the resulting files is increasing. As the amount of data sequenced grows, genomic data storage costs and transfer times matter.

Clinical Genomics Gothenburg is a translational clinical research facility, performing bioinformatics and sequencing to provide an end-to-end solution to genomic data analysis. Increase in storage requirements was about to place existing infrastructure under considerable strain. Clinical Genomics Gothenburg found a solution to their data storage problem in PetaGene’s PetaSuite genomic data compression software.

Read more about how genomic data compression allowed Clinical Genomics Gothenburg to increase their storage capacity without modifying their workflows in our case study.

PetaSuite genomic data compression allows 60-90% storage cost and transfer time reductions, increasing storage capacity without adding to it. PetaGene’s software works with existing tools and pipelines, so can be used without workflow disruption. Data is quickly and easily accessed.

Compression is an effective method for managing genomic data generated in clinical research. By compressing genomic data, storage and transfer times can be reduced, facilitating analysis and saving valuable resources.  To find out more, get in touch using our contact form.

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Bio-IT World 2019 Best of Show winners

Posted on April 26, 2019
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The PetaGene team toast their Best of Show award

The latest addition to our product range, PetaSuite Protect, won “Best of Show” earlier this month at BioIT World Conference & Expo 2019, the premier conference for IT in Life Sciences. This is our third “Best of Show” win, previously winning in 2016 and 2018. This year, 31 new products were considered by an expert panel of judges who awarded PetaSuite Protect  the ‘Nailed It’ award.

In the award citation, Phillips Kuhl, President at Cambridge Healthtech Institute said, “Our judges believe this is a new, powerful and highly relevant approach to security, driven by a passionate and invested team”.

PetaSuite Protect provides users with the tools to encrypt their genomic data; manage fine-grain access to it, and demonstrate compliance with applicable regulations. As with the established PetaSuite compression technology, the new encryption and access capabilities are completely transparent to genomic tools and analysis pipelines.

Dan Greenfield, our co-founder and CEO said, “We’re thrilled to win this illustrious award for the third time. We’re particularly grateful to the judges for recognizing the relevance of our approach to this important element of genomic data management.”

To find out more about PetaSuite Protect please get in touch via our contact us page.

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Solve your genomic data headaches at Bio-IT World

Posted on March 14, 2019
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Bio-IT World Conference & Expo at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston promises to be the biggest and best yet. Over 3,400 life sciences, clinical, healthcare, and IT professionals from over 40 countries are expected to attend from April 16th to 18th.

Join us on booth #317 to talk about solving the challenges you face with genomic data. We’d be delighted to discuss how the latest developments in our data management technology can help you spend less on genomic data storage. And that means you could spend more on your business goals or research objectives.

If you’re attending Bio-IT World Conference & Expo in Boston, drop by booth #317 or book a meeting in advance of the show to make sure we fit into your schedule. We look forward to seeing you there.

If you’d like to know more about the event or register to attend, visit the website.

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PetaGene is hiring

Posted on February 21, 2019

Would you like to join a funded, award-winning and growing Cambridge start-up working in the increasingly vital field of genomic data?   

We are looking for developers and a business support administrator.  For the developer roles you’ll need to be proficient in C/C++ and it would help if you’re comfortable working with algorithms.

For the business support administrator position, we’re looking for someone with experience in a business support role. You will need to be well-organised, persistent and accurate to help make our sales operation as effective as possible.

We’ll be at the Cambridge Network Recruitment Evening on 26th February, so come along to talk about how you could fit into our team.

Full job descriptions are on our careers page, with information on how to apply.  We’d love to hear from you.

 

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HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition

Posted on January 18, 2019
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HIMSS 2019

PetaGene will be attending the HIMSS show in Orlando from 12th to 14th February. It’s a great opportunity to meet and tell us about the challenges you face when storing and working with NGS genomic data.

Come to our presentation titled ‘Scaling Genomics Workloads for Precision Medicine’ on 12th February at 3:30pm. It’s happening on the NetApp booth #2779 .

Come along to learn more about how our dramatic compression ratios combined with the right storage architecture can help you achieve optimum efficiency with genomic data; and enable collaboration through the cloud.

Complete the form on this page to schedule a meeting with us at HIMSS 2019.

To find out more about the event, and register to attend, visit the event’s website.