|[March 01, 2013]
Eagle Genomics Symposium: Will Big Data and Bigger Cuts Cripple Bioinformatics?
CAMBRIDGE, England --(Business Wire)--
As the economic climate continues to take its toll on research and
development budgets, the bioinformatics industry is under increasing
pressure to cut costs and make more efficient use of its resources, but
smart organisations are addressing these challenges and keeping up with
the technical demands of data analysis by hiring the right people.
These are just some of the issues that will be discussed at the upcoming Bioinformatics
Symposium at the Babraham
Research Campus in Cambridge on March 21 organised by Eagle,
the specialist in bioinformatics outsourcing solutions.
This year's symposium is called "Will
big data and bigger cuts cripple Bioinformatics " but Richard
Holland, Eagle's Chief Business Officer, believes that with tighter
budgets and the increasing demands of analysing big data, the key to
success i to find staff that are suitably qualified and experienced to
be able to collaborate beyond their usual circle of contacts.
"Bioinformatics is now being applied in many fields, not just human
research, and our line up for this year's symposium really highlights
the different applications and opportunities available in the sector. We
are seeing an explosion of data yet at the same time budgets for
research are being cut ever further which is creating ever more pressure
on the industry. However, the use of bioinformatics is expanding out
from its traditional base in the life industry to areas such as fast
moving consumer goods, food and even in natural history museums," said
The symposium is the only UK bioinformatics event that provides
cross-sector coverage and which also appeals to industry and academics
alike. Representatives from across the pharmaceutical, consumer and
bioinformatics industry will gather to hear keynote speakers discuss how
they see the future of bioinformatics evolving.
The speakers have been drawn from different fields and include John Wise
from the Pistoia
Alliance talking about open innovation; Henrik Seidel from Bayer
Healthcare; Mathew Woodwark talking about the impact of informatics
on biologics drug discovery and development in MedImmune;
Florence Servant from Syngenta
discussing marker assay developments in plant species and Rutger Vos
from the Naturalis
Biodiversity Centre in Leiden, Holland. The event also gives
attendees an opportunity to hear from people who work in different
sectors and industries talk about how they are dealing with the economic
challenges as well as their success in overcoming these challenges.
"The industry still has much to be positive about. With the ever
increasing growth of data, bioinformaticians are needed more than ever
to analyse and interpret this information to provide solutions for real
world problems. None of the industry's challenges are without a
solution. Greater collaboration and greater use of shared resources,
e.g. cloud, will answer many of the questions around restricted
infrastructure capacity. The one key problem is lack of staff - but if
used efficiently, and with greater use of outsourcing/collaboration,
this can be overcome," said Richard.
For more information about the Eagle Symposium and for a full list of
keynote speakers, please visit: http://www.eaglegenomics.com/
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