Once again, Bio-IT world 2017 was a great success. The vibrant event was attended by 3,300+ life sciences, pharmaceutical, clinical, healthcare, and IT professionals from more than 40 countries. Presentations and discussions have focused on big data, smart data, open source solutions, data sharing and other topics from the research realm to the clinical arena.
Rommie E. Amaro, an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and the director of the National Biomedical Computation Resource at the University of California, San Diego has delivered an inspiring opening plenary keynote Computing Cures: Discovery Through the Lens of a Computational Microscope. In her talk Dr. Amaro emphasized the direct correlation between advances in life-sciences IT and scientific discovery, as well as the utmost importance of collaborative data sharing.
Development of the open source software and contribution to the collaborative data sharing projects are at the heart of The Hyve’s values and mission.
The Hyve reuses open source software to build data management solutions for clients and promotes sharing new developments with the community. The fact that the time is right for open source software in the Life Sciences was illustrated by major traffic at our show floor booth and multiple prestigious recognitions for our products and communities.
Best of Show award for clinical trial matching tool MatchMiner
Our commitment to the development of open source solutions for biomedical research has been rewarded with the Best Of Show Award for MatchMiner, the result of a longstanding collaboration with Dana Farber Cancer Institute. MatchMiner is a computational platform - that is soon becoming fully open source - for algorithmic matching patient-specific genomic profiles to precision medicine clinical trials.
Best Poster award for wearables platform RADAR
The Hyve has also won the Best Poster award for the poster on the RADAR open source platform for processing and analyzing data from wearable sensors. RADAR-CNS is a new major research project aimed to improve treatments of major depressive disorder, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis using data coming from wearable devices and smartphone technology. RADAR-CNS is jointly led by King’s College London and Janssen Pharmaceutical NV, funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative. The Hyve is one of the RADAR-CNS partners and is building an open source infrastructure for the processing of the data from wearable devices.
OHDSI real world data panel
The Hyve CEO Kees van Bochove has presented at The Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI) panel discussion. OHDSI is a multi-stakeholder, interdisciplinary open source collaborative. OHDSI mission is to improve health by empowering community to collaboratively generate the evidence that promotes better health decisions and better care. The Hyve is an active member of the OHDSI and provides both data services as well as technical support and software engineering services for using and extending the OHDSI tools.
Joint presentation on cancer genomics warehouse cBioPortal
Sjoerd van Hagen, team leader of the cBioPortal team at The Hyve, joined Isaac Neuhaus, Director, Computational Genomics at Bristol-Myers Squibb in his presentation on how BMS employs cBioPortal to give scientists easy access to large scale cancer genomics datasets. BMS, supported by The Hyve, started using cBioPortal to explore cancer genomics data in early 2016. Currently loaded datasets include publicly available data such as TCGA, CCLE and M2Gen. BMS clinical trial data will be loaded later this year. Concurrently BMS is running a pilot for cBioPortal with mouse data.
FAIR data management hackathon
Kees has helped with running the FAIR hackathon where participants worked on making data FAIR. The FAIR initiative is an open movement started in 2014 as the practical follow up of a Lorentz Workshop in Leiden, The Netherlands. FAIR Guiding Principles of Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability of data were designed to facilitate collaborative data sharing and data reuse by the research community. Working with customers and collaborators the Hyve has been promoting and providing support in applying FAIR principles to life science data management and integration projects.
Unfortunately, this great event had a small wrinkle. Hyvie, our beloved mascot, who was traveling from the Netherlands to cheer and support the team at the conference, got held up at the US Customs. Luckily, he was not alone, but accompanied by a large group of mini Hyvies. Sadly, this also meant that we ran out of those at our stand. Be sure to catch one next year!
We hope to see you soon at other conferences to talk about life science data management and to introduce you to Hyvie, but in the meantime: please contact us to see how we can solve your data management needs with open source software!