30 August 2013
The Garvan Institute of Medical Research has been presented with the APAC Health and Life Sciences Innovation Award by Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. The award recognises Garvan’s innovative use of technology to better enable its researchers to study and develop cures for some of the most widespread diseases affecting our world today.
The life sciences community is in a unique position to directly improve the quality of human health through medical innovation, with cutting edge research, smart use of technology, and the clinical data it generates. Hitachi Data Systems created the Health and Life Sciences Innovation Award to recognise the unique contributions of innovators, and to show to their peers, the medical community and the patients they serve, how technology is transforming their businesses, lowering costs and ultimately transforming lives.
The Garvan Institute, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is one of the pioneers in genome research and sequencing with the aim to deliver personalised cancer research and treatment. The institute generates petabytes of unstructured data by genomic sequencing and other research areas such as bone density scanning. To process, store, and collaborate with all of this data, it has been successfully relying on a Hitachi infrastructure comprised of Hitachi NAS Platform (HNAS) with Hitachi Content Platform (HCP).
The Hitachi solution allows Garvan to process high-throughput data with HCP so that their researchers have easy access to the data they need. Further extending its research team’s collaboration capabilities, Garvan will also deploy the Hitachi private cloud-based, mobile data sync and share solution, Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere, on more than 100 smartphones and tablets.
Dr Warren Kaplan, chief of informatics at the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics at Garvan, said: “Garvan seeks to lead the delivery of personalised genome medicine in Australia. Hitachi Content Platform plays a crucial part in helping us transform medicine in this country.”
“We congratulate the Garvan Institute for their outstanding achievements and commitment to cancer research and scientific discovery” said Warren Pasque, industry manager for Health and Life Sciences in APAC at Hitachi Data Systems.
“The annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Innovation Award is a great opportunity to highlight health innovation from around the world and spotlight health and life science organisations who, in our opinion, demonstrate outstanding achievements and commitment in the areas of scientific excellence and patient health and well-being.”
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