Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and Illumina Collaborate on Scalable Clinical Whole-Genome Sequencing Initiative

NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Seeking to advance the scope of precision medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and Illumina, Inc. are entering into a collaboration to sequence the complete human genomes of thousands of consenting patients, in order to identify genetic alterations driving disease and potentially reveal previously unidentified therapies for treatment. The initiative, which also includes a collaboration between Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and the New York Genome Center (NYGC), aims to evaluate the diagnostic potential of whole-genome sequencing at scale, which allows the interrogation of the full genome sequence of a patient’s DNA. The goal is to better understand health problems and potential disease risks of individual patients, and to design more effective treatments, including the choice of specific drugs and their dosing.

Investigators will study the feasibility and viability of large-scale implementation of whole-genome sequencing within an academic medical center that is part

Read More

ESRF and UCL scientists awarded Chan Zuckerberg Initiative grant

ESRF and UCL scientists awarded Chan Zuckerberg Initiative grant
for human organ imaging project

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) has awarded $1 million to an imaging research project led by three researchers, among them Prof Peter Lee and Rebecca Shipley from UCL (University College London), and ESRF scientist Dr Paul Tafforeau, as part of a world-wide call to advance deep tissue imaging.

The project, named “Anatomical to cellular synchrotron imaging of the whole human body”, promises to develop a transformational X-ray tomography technology that will enable the scanning of a whole human body with unprecedented resolution of 25 microns, thinner than a human hair – tens of times the resolution of a CT scanner. Further, it can then zoom into local areas with cellular-level imaging, or one micron – over 100x better resolution than a CT scanner. This imaging project is based on the recent Extremely Brilliant Source (EBS)

Read More

Milken Institute Launches “Early Warning” Initiative for Emerging Pandemic Threats as COVID-19 Cases Increase

Milken Institute Launches “Early Warning” Initiative for Emerging Pandemic Threats as COVID-19 Cases Increase

FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute devoted to accelerating biomedical innovation, today launched an initiative to build a global “early warning system” that detects and responds to emerging pathogens with pandemic potential. This effort aims to develop and implement a framework to monitor, identify, and track threats that could cause global harm, such as new viral or drug resistant strains.

“COVID-19 caught the world by surprise, and it shouldn’t have,” said Esther Krofah, Executive Director of FasterCures. “Our hope is that by collaborating with leaders around the world, we can leverage emerging technologies and scientific advances to better address the various risks factors that could signal the next pandemic.”

The current global infrastructure for pandemic preparedness suffers from deep fragmentation, lack of coordination, little global collaboration, and virtually no sustained governmental and organizational commitment.

Read More

Milken Institute Launches “Early Warning” Initiative for Emerging Pandemic Threats as COVID-19 Cases Increase

FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute devoted to accelerating biomedical innovation, today launched an initiative to build a global “early warning system” that detects and responds to emerging pathogens with pandemic potential. This effort aims to develop and implement a framework to monitor, identify, and track threats that could cause global harm, such as new viral or drug resistant strains.

“COVID-19 caught the world by surprise, and it shouldn’t have,” said Esther Krofah, Executive Director of FasterCures. “Our hope is that by collaborating with leaders around the world, we can leverage emerging technologies and scientific advances to better address the various risks factors that could signal the next pandemic.”

The current global infrastructure for pandemic preparedness suffers from deep fragmentation, lack of coordination, little global collaboration, and virtually no sustained governmental and organizational commitment. In response, FasterCures is initiating this new global effort under the guidance of an

Read More

Amazon refuses French tax initiative, Apple negotiating

Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have signed up to a new “Tech for Good Call,” a French initiative that includes principles about taxation. Amazon has declined to collaborate, however, and Apple is reportedly still in discussions.

As France begins implementing its own digital tax system, the country’s government is also working to get non-binding agreements from big tech companies over global issues. Reportedly, 75 executives from technology firms around the world have signed the “Tech for Good Call,” but notable exceptions are Apple and Amazon.

According to Reuters, the global issues involved range from taxation, through privacy, and on to combating hate crime online.

Companies agree to “contribute fairly to the taxes in countries where [they] operate,” a presidential spokesperson said. They also agree to block “child sexual abuse material, terrorist or extreme violence [of] online contents,” and to “support the ecological transition.”

“Tech for Good Call,” a non-legally

Read More

Amazon, Apple stay away from new French initiative to set principles for Big Tech

PARIS (Reuters) – U.S. tech giants Amazon and Apple have not signed up to a new French initiative to get global tech companies to publicly commit to principles including paying their fair share of taxes, government officials said on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google in a combination photo. REUTERS

French President Emmanuel Macron has sought for the past three years to cajole tech giants into collaborating with governments on a series of global challenges such as fighting hate speech online, preserving privacy or contributing to state coffers.

Amid a public outcry about technology groups’ good fortunes during the coronavirus pandemic this year, Macron’s advisers said on Monday that the president had asked tech companies to sign up to a new initiative called “Tech for Good Call” underlining principles for the post-COVID world.

The French government released a list of 75 executives of tech companies

Read More

Karnataka launches the ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ initiative to build innovation and technology ecosystem beyond the c

In the run up to the Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020 — the flagship technology summit organised by the Department of Electronics, Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka — the launch of the Beyond Bengaluru initiative was announced. Beyond Bengaluru, which will be an integral part of the Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020, is focused towards building an innovation and technology ecosystem in the state of Karnataka.

The programme takes root in the new IT policy 2020 – 2025, which aims to boost IT penetration and innovation in the state holistically. The programme aims at enhancing growth in the IT /ITES, Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO), Electronic System Design Manufacturing (ESDM), and Telecom sector industries located at the upcoming cities of Mysuru, Mangaluru, Hubbali – Dharwad and Shivamogga.

The state’s efforts in building economic and industry clusters

Speaking at the launch of the initiative, Deputy Chief Minister Ashwath Narayan,

Read More

$40+ Billion Connected Device Analytics Markets: Real-Time Analytics Emerging as a Key Vital IoT Initiative – Global Forecast to 2025 – ResearchAndMarkets.com

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Connected Device Analytics Market – Global Forecast to 2025” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The Global Connected Device Analytics Market Size is Projected to Grow from USD 14.3 Billion in 2020 to USD 40.3 Billion by 2025, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 23.0% during the Forecast Period.

The increasing need to analyze the data collected through connected devices contribute to the growth of the connected device analytics market

The major growth drivers of the connected device analytics market include the increasing focus on remote monitoring in support of the work from home initiative. Lack of skilled professional workforce may restrain the growth of the connected device analytics market. The objective of the report is to define, describe, and forecast the connected device analytics market size based on component, organization size, deployment mode, application, industry vertical, and region.

COVID-19 is disrupting the

Read More

Barclays and Techstars Announce Initiative to Support Female Entrepreneurs

Female Founders First programme will provide 30 female founders from around the world with access to networks and business advice designed for scale

Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and British universal bank, Barclays, have today announced their partnership to launch Female Founders First, a unique programme designed to provide 30 trailblazing, female-led companies with resources to grow, scale, and advance their businesses.

The 30 selected founders—representing a wide range of industries including health care, legal, finance, e-commerce, and artificial intelligence—will receive access to mentorship and networking opportunities, a curriculum of workshops and roundtables, as well as perks and brand-strengthening initiatives designed to prepare them for their next rounds of funding or scaling efforts.

“Female founders all over the world have launched high-growth businesses that are on the verge of scale. These are high-value, investment-worthy companies, but research shows that breaking through has as much to do with

Read More

Optus, University of South Australia collaborate on cyber security, data science initiative

Optus and the University of South Australia (UniSA) have announced a new strategic alliance designed to deliver research outcomes aimed at driving technology innovations and educating Australia’s next generation of cyber security and data science specialists.

Optus says the joint venture will establish an Optus and UniSA led Cyber Security Research and Collaboration Hub in the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre (A3C) in Adelaide’s innovation precinct, Lot Fourteen – bringing together industry, customers, partners, academics and students under one roof to solve some of the most complex cyber issues and pave the way for new products and services.

Students will have opportunities for real world engagement with industry and business while they are studying in a hub, that will see academics, students and technical and business experts working side by side.

Already partners in Lot Fourteen’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Living Lab project, launched in 2019, the Optus and UniSA

Read More