CLC bio and several prominent Danish research institutions have established SEQNET — a national network for developing a unique software platform for the analysis of data from the next generation sequencing technologies. The platform will integrate groundbreaking bioinformatics algorithms with a user-friendly and graphical user interface.
Apparently, my good old friend Roald Forsberg is involved:
Senior Scientific Officer at CLC bio, Dr. Roald Forsberg, states, “Next generation sequencing technologies, like 454, Solexa, or SOLiD are pushing a revolution in genetic analysis. Their massive throughput has given rise to a plethora of novel applications for DNA sequencing and has dramatically increased the ambitions of existing projects. However, handling the large amounts of fragmented data presents a great bioinformatics challenge to be dealt with before researchers can get the full value of these new technologies. Since DNA sequencing is becoming omnipresent in research we believe that the answer to this challenge is a unified next generation sequencing platform. In this network, we will make such a platform come together by combining our unique capacities for producing graphical user interfaces, algorithms and high performance computing solutions with the expertise of Denmark’s foremost researchers in the field.”
We have talked about the problems involved in dealing with data from the new high-throughput sequencing technologies a couple of times over lunch, but it seems Roald is moving faster than I am here. Good for him!
I look forward to see where this is leading!