Amazon has made The Cancer Genome Atlas and The International Cancer Genome Consortium PanCancer data sets freely available through its cloud platform. The addition of the data sets continues Amazon's push to differentiate its cloud offering through the availability of data.
The Internet of Things revolution for medical devices is here. And, not too surprisingly, it's being led by Amazon--yet another big-name tech contender working to get in on the evolution of healthcare via technology. Google, along with other big IT names such as IBM, Salesforce and Siemens, are all in the midst of trying to secure a profitable spot in next-gen healthcare.
The battlefront between Amazon and Google covers a diverse range of fields, from online search and advertising, to smartphones and shopping. Increasingly, genomics is emerging as another hotspot, with both companies scrambling to establish themselves as the place to store and analyze DNA data.
Amazon is the latest tech giant to consider expanding into healthcare, but details of the online retailer's plans are sketchy.
When Y Combinator expanded into biotech, the startup incubator was effectively betting on the idea that IT has narrowed the gap between timelines and economics in life sciences and tech. The Wall Street Journal is the latest publication to profile the scene, picking out a batch of companies with similar models and ambitions to those featured by TechCrunch and FierceBiotechIT earlier this year.
Having invested in data analytics platforms in recent years, pharma R&D labs are working to develop the drugs that will justify their spending. But the experience of Merck suggests the costs can be spread across the business, with manufacturing teams finding the data analytics tools as useful as their peers in R&D do.
The scale of genomics sequencing projects continues to grow rapidly. Just as the 1,000 Genomes Project once dwarfed the Human Genome Project, now an initiative involving Amazon, Baylor College of Medicine and DNAnexus has surpassed both of them, generating 430 terabytes of data in the process.
Google has upped its cloud-computing game with enhancements that rival Amazon's and could give customers more opportunities to tap cloud computing.
Amazon has revealed a new cloud-based service called Glacier for archiving large amounts data on the cheap.
At AstraZeneca ($AZN), scientists can search a virtual research exchange to shop for services from contract research groups in a similar fashion to browsing an online marketplace such as Amazon.com ($AMZN).