PetaGene wins 'Best of Show' at Bio-IT World for the second time

PetaGene, the genomics data compression and acceleration company, has been awarded “Best of Show” in the Storage Infrastructure & Hardware category at the 2018 Bio-IT World Conference & Expo. This is the company’s second win, the first coming in 2016, at the premier event showcasing innovations in technologies that drive biomedical research, drug discovery & development.

The awards programme identifies exceptional innovation in technologies used by life science professionals today. Winners are judged based on the products’ technical merit, functionality, innovation, and in-person presentations to the judges at the show. Forty-six new products were considered in six categories and the judges viewed presentations on site from 18 finalists.

PetaGene won for the Cloud Edition (CE) of its PetaSuite genome data compression product. The Cloud Edition provides two significant innovations for users:

  • the ability for a user’s software tools and pipelines to seamlessly integrate with a wide variety of cloud storage platforms without modification. AWS, Azure, GCP, private cloud and hybrid cloud are all supported transparently.
  • significantly improved, high-performance, scalable PetaSuite genomic compression technology. Lossless compression ratios of up to 10x for GATK BAM files are now possible. All other file types can now also achieve considerable improvements to compression ratios.

The 2018 judging panel represented the great and the good of the life sciences, pharmaceutical, clinical, healthcare and IT development worlds. In her award citation for PetaSuite CE, Allison Proffit, Bio-IT World Editor, said: “the judges were very impressed with an offering that lets users access data compression, objects in storage or an s3 bucket, all from the command line.”

Dan Greenfield, co-founder and CEO of PetaGene, said: “We are honoured to win this prestigious award for the second time. The fact that the judges acknowledged the importance of our seamless cloud integration, with its implications for scaling and collaboration, was particularly pleasing. We will continue to strive to create solutions which speed up cooperation and analysis for our research and diagnostic customers.”

About PetaGene

PetaGene’s software addresses challenges caused by growing volumes of genomics data. Our award winning software — PetaSuite and PetaSuite Cloud Edition — allows up to 10x lossless compression of zipped NGS data, integrating with existing storage infrastructure and bioinformatics pipelines. The PetaSuite file system interface presents the data to tools and pipelines as if it were never compressed, in a way that actually speeds up analysis. The Cloud Edition also enables a user’s software tools and pipelines to seamlessly integrate with a wide variety of cloud platforms without modification.

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