Join us at Biodata World Congress 2019 in Basel

Posted on November 29, 2019
Biodata World Congress logo
Biodata World Congress information

PetaGene will be attending the Biodata World Congress in Basel, Switzerland from 4th to 5th December.. 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 discuss 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.

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.

HIMSS Europe Conference 2019

Posted on May 24, 2019
Helsinki skyline with HIMSS logo

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.

Bio-IT World 2019 Best of Show winners

Posted on April 26, 2019
PetaGene celebrate their Best of Show award
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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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.

Start solving your data challenges at ASHG 2018 in San Diego

Posted on September 6, 2018
ASHG 2018 graphic - see us on booth 819
ASHG 2018 Banner - see us on booth 819

Every year the ASHG annual meeting attracts the thought leaders in the field of human genetics. Will you be among them at ASHG 2018 in San Diego? If so, visit us on booth #819 during the three days of the exhibition, October 17th to 19th, to let us know about the data challenges you face.

Our team has extensive experience in health information technologies, systems development and large-scale genomics. We’ll be delighted to discuss how to address the frustrations caused by ever increasing volumes of genomic data.

Those challenges go beyond the simple cost of on-premises or cloud storage. There’s the transfer and analysis times for large data sets to consider too. Speeding those up can give a great boost to your research. Our PetaSuite compression software integrates seamlessly with analysis pipelines, reduces I/O demand and facilitates collaboration.

We’ll also be hosting a session in CoLab Theater 3 on Thursday 18th from 4:00 to 4:15pm to present on how using appropriate compression technology can benefit commercial and research organizations working with genomic data.

If you’re attending ASHG 2018 in San Diego, drop by booth #819 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 ASHG meeting or register to attend, visit the website.

PetaGene at the Front Line Genomics Special Interest Group event

Posted on August 28, 2018

Michael Hultner, SVP Strategy and General Manager, US Operations at PetaGeneMichael Hultner, our SVP Strategy and General Manager, US Operations recently attended a Special Interest Group event (SIG) organised by FrontLine Genomics. SIGs bring together senior-level research, clinical and business professionals from across the genomics community to discuss relevant issues and work towards finding solutions to common problems.

In the session on data security, privacy and consent; the subjects of sharing datasets and security provided opportunities to explain how compression technology can help.  In this blog post Michael shares his insights on how access, safeguarding and cloud storage security relate to compression of genomic data.

Sharing datasets

  • Accessing data is difficult for researchers and can take a long time.

    Lack of easy access to a dataset, or information about it, is a significant reason why research projects are time-consuming. The size of the files is a major factor in this. Genomic files can present challenges which regular data storage systems are not set up to solve. It is possible to store data using compression formats which take into account the specific nature of genomic data. This makes life easier for researchers by decreasing transfer and access times. It is also possible to speed up analysis thanks to lower I/O demands.

Security

  • Data is best protected using standard safeguards.

    While compressing data by itself doesn’t make the files any more or less secure, the benefits of compression can help to enable better security or make adopting best practice simpler. Requiring researchers to travel to where the data is stored in order to access it is a common approach for data stored on-premises.  This means that the organisation holding the data cannot enjoy the benefits of cloud storage. It also places demands on the individual researcher and their institution, whether academic or commercial, that might not be practical.  Compressing genomic data using appropriate tools gives the flexibility to enable data sharing and collaboration without exposing it to avoidable security risks.

 

  • There are still many misconceptions about the security of the cloud.

    Security worries are the reason why some research institutions store their data on their own hard drives. These are then transported to individual laboratories. In the age of GDPR and protected health information, the thought of hard drives containing genomic datasets being transported by individual researchers is probably enough to give data stewards sleepless nights. Despite developments in hard drive technology, it’s an impractical approach for today’s genomic datasets. A better technique would be to use established data storage solutions in the cloud or on-premises. That approach allows appropriate access and sharing protocols to be set up as well as suitable backup and restore options should the worst happen.   In this case, compression reduces the cost of these established storage solutions. And if the right kind of compression is used, there is no need to change existing pipelines or bioinformatics systems.

If you’d like to know more about how PetaGene can help with your genomic data management, use the contact form on the site or contact Michael at michael@petagene.com