LabAnswer has announced a collaboration with Google Cloud Platform (GCP) to deliver a cloud-based informatics platform targeting life sciences users.
This will build on a long-standing relationship between LabAnswer and biotechnology organisations that are now contending with vast amounts of data characterising biological samples. Many of these experiments will contain tens of thousands of data points – and the relationships between them can be analysed with powerful computers using this new cloud service.
‘We see this initiative as a natural evolution of the original vision for LabAnswer as the leader in laboratory informatics solutions,’ commented Mark Everding, CEO and managing partner at LabAnswer. ‘LabAnswer deep understands of science, business processes, and information technology has allowed it to become a trusted partner for its clients, providing both technical solutions and unparalleled business value.’
LabAnswer has targeted the life sciences domain for its first set of cloud-based solutions and will collaborate with partners in application areas such as automated data mining in biotechnology and pharmaceutical discovery environments. These are examples of the life science and biotechnology applications that are drastically increasing the storage and data requirements for many laboratories and research organisations. Increasingly, experiments are generating gigabytes of raw data on a single cell, environmental or patient sample and laboratories can use cloud services to reduce the burden of managing and processing data.
‘Data is one of the most valuable assets in discovery based organisations,’ said John Conway, director of research and discovery solutions at LabAnswer. ‘However, it is an asset that can only be capitalised once the underlying knowledge has been extracted. It is this process that LabAnswer will seek to define in its cloud-based offerings.’