The deluge of data continues. Every day hundreds of millions of people take photos, make videos and send texts. Across the globe, businesses collect data on consumer preferences, purchases and trends. In the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, data growth is generated from several sources, including the R&D process itself, retailers, patients, and caregivers. The US-based $20-billion life sciences major Thermo Fisher Scientific reckons its cloud offering—Thermo Fisher Cloud—is a first step in providing a single access point for researchers to analyse scientific experiments in genomics, proteomics or metabolomics. Amit Chopra, managing director and VP/GM, India and Middle East, Thermo Fisher Scientific, says: “The Thermo Fisher Cloud is a powerful computing platform that connects scientists, instruments, and software in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment, anywhere and anytime. The platform allows researchers to securely learn, analyse, share, collaborate, and store data and discoveries across geographies.” With this information available, researchers can share results with partner labs to produce annotations for identified proteins, including Gene Ontology (GO) and pathway mapping. According to Chopra, the Thermo Scientific Protein Centre software is a consolidated, biologically annotated protein database that enables filtering, clustering and statistical bioinformatics analysis from single, combined or comparison data sets.
The Thermo Fisher Cloud accepts data directly from Thermo Fisher cloud-enabled instruments, and provides a place to store, share, process and analyse data. “Scientists are experiencing the benefits of Thermo Fisher Cloud applications, presenting solutions to analyse the data from several technologies including CE (capillary electrophoresis), qPCR (quantitative polymerase chain reaction) and MS (Mass Spectrometry) instruments,” he says. “Currently, this technology has been widely accepted in developed countries and is gaining increased acceptance amongst researchers in India as well.”
Indeed, the beauty of the cloud is its ability to provide access to data without burdening users with the actual management of the data. The Thermo Fisher Cloud connects a customer’s lab to boost their lab’s productivity with secure, remote access to data and instruments. Whether it is determining the identity of a contaminant in baby formula or tackling challenging problems in life sciences research, scientists need to share information and mine large amounts of data to gain the insights needed to accelerate solutions. The bottom line: No cost, no excuse not to connect your lab. Start with 10 GB of free data storage. Buy more when you need it. It’s that simple.