Basel, Switzerland (PRWEB) March 20, 2013
Genedata, a leading provider of advanced software solutions for drug discovery and life science research, today announced its partnership with EpiFemCare, the EU-funded research project that will improve the diagnosis and therapy of breast and ovarian cancer. Genedata scientists will manage, process and analyze terabytes of epigenetic and clinical data from next-generation sequencing, microarray and qPCR experiments to help identify, confirm and clinically validate biomarkers. These should lead to significant improvements in early cancer detection and subsequent patient care. The project will also use Genedata Expressionist®, the leading data analysis and management platform for oncology research.
One of the project’s research challenges is the management of complex and large datasets produced by next-generation technologies (e.g. like sequencing, Illumina Infinium arrays and digital qPCR). Genedata scientists will use Genedata Expressionist to identify the most relevant DNA methylation sites, within tens of terabytes of data, which can accurately diagnose breast and ovarian cancer. Resulting biomarkers will be confirmed by independent sample sets and finally validated in large clinical cohorts with over 200,000 patient samples from which over 7,000 will be tested. Genedata Expressionist will be used for its intuitive data visualization, rigorous statistical algorithms, innovative biological interpretation and efficient management and integration of data from various sources and different technology platforms.
“Currently, many women face a diagnosis of advanced ovarian cancer or breast cancer over-diagnosis due to lack of suitable early-dete
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