Festival of Genomics London is five days away! Before the event starts, let’s take a look at what Genestack has been up to during the last year and what we’ll present at the Festival.
Genestack was founded in 2012 by Dr. Misha Kapushesky, previously a team leader in functional genomics at the European Bioinformatics Institute, and Vasiliy Bout, an expert software architect with deep knowledge and experience of large-scale computing and systems design. They have created a universal platform for bioinformatics, providing a consistent infrastructure for managing and analysing bioinformatics data that can be used in a variety of industries across a range of sectors, on and off the cloud.
2015 has been an exciting year for Genestack, with our key achievements including:
- Constantly improving our platform: updating the existing apps as well as adding new features and tools (e.g. the new interactive Variant Explorer app presents the genetic variants in a form of a smart table and lets you navigate through millions of variants and their attributes seamlessly).
- Continuing to index all the data from public repositories SRA, ENA, ArrayExpress and GEO. All experiment and assay metadata is searchable and the raw data files are format-independent and ready to be used in your analyses. It’s that easy to start combining public and private datasets.
- Securing Innovate UK grant which will allow us to work alongside Rothamsted Research, a leading UK agricultural research institute, to expand their capabilities in agri-informatics, initially through a joint feasibility study.
- Launching the Genestack Expert Series, a selection of video tutorials showing how users can gain the most from the Genestack platform.
- Improving the interactivity of the platform with the release of the Genestack Python Client Library, which provides tools allowing users to upload their own applications and directly interact with the platform.
Next week at the Festival of Genomics, Genestack will be highlighting our platform’s ability to become the foundation of any organisation’s bioinformatics infrastructure in terms of working with researchers, IT department, partners and end-users.
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