Next week, we’ll be at Bio-IT World in Booth #357 showcasing our newest solutions that are enabling the most powerful and efficient data storing, sharing, and analyzing capabilities. We’ve got a great line up of presentations, demonstrations and a free, pre-conference workshop to share how we can help you boost time to results, make breakthrough discoveries and achieve the greatest return from your storage investment.


By delivering a single, end-to-end platform for the entire research data lifecycle, DDN’s high performance solutions are proven to reduce time to discovery in the most demanding environments. Come see the latest innovations that are accelerating and simplifying all aspects of life sciences research from pipeline to the cloud. For more information or to schedule a meeting or demo with DDN at the show, click here.

Here are also some of the Bio-IT World 2016 events you won’t want to miss:


Tuesday, April 5th

9:00 – 3:00 pm


Best Practices for Big Data in Life Sciences Workshop

This free workshop will feature industry thought-leaders from Weill Cornell Medical College, The Broad Institute, Children’s Mercy, Lab7 Systems, Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre at UNSW, New York Genome Center, and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.


Learn how sequencing facilities, cancer research centers, agricultural and pharmaceutical companies are handling research data across its entire lifecycle to deliver faster, more actionable results. A variety of topics will be discussed including:

  • “How do we accommodate the lifecycle of light sheet data? A tale of researchers, IT and a core microscopy facility”
  • “Issues in Integrating Large-Scale Genomic Data from Multiple Sources”
  • “Shifting a Pure Academic HPC Environment to a Mixed Protected and Free Environment – on the Same Platform”
  • Bird of Feather Discussion: “Challenges of a research data cloud”



Wednesday April 6th

8:00 – 9:45 am


“Plenary Keynote”

Howard Jacob, Ph.D., Executive Vice President for Medical Genomics and Chief Medical Genomics Officer, HudsonAlpha

Throughout the course of nearly two decades at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Howard Jacob, Ph.D., served as Founding Director of the Human and Molecular Genetics Center and Professor of Physiology, and was awarded the Warren P. Knowles Chair of Genetics. Previously, he was on the faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jacob received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Iowa, and he completed post-doctoral fellowships in functional genomics and molecular genetics/genomics at Harvard Medical School, Stanford University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Jacob’s 25 years of genetic sequencing experience bolsters HudsonAlpha’s roster of expert researchers and supports the Institute’s mission to bridge laboratory discoveries to medical improvements for patients. He brings specific expertise in using clinical genomics to discover undiagnosed disorders.


12:00 pm

George Vacek, Global Director, Life Sciences, DDN

“Managing Data Across the Research Life-Cycle for Life Sciences”

Dr. Vacek will deliver several in-depth case studies of leading life sciences organizations leveraging high performance and high scale data solutions for genomics, imaging and simulation workflows. Cases will focus on implemented solutions: capturing and effectively exploiting large scale data at speed, regulated and non-regulated stewardship considerations, transitioning from non-scaling architectures and bringing the benefits of high-end HPC technologies and techniques into smaller deployments and collaborative scenarios.


2:55 pm

Vanessa Borcherding, Director, Scientific Computing Unit, Weill Cornell Medicine

“Shifting from a Pure Academic HPC Environment to a Mixed Protected and Free Environment – on the Same Platform”

Completely open research computing platforms make sense. They’re less expensive to design, build, and maintain, while giving unfettered access to data helps the collaborative process. However, increased collaborations with commercial entities and increased use of “deidentified” patient data are putting pressure on HPC operations to make security options seamless but without sacrificing performance and price points to which users are accustomed.


This year’s show has a lot in store for you—I look forward to seeing there!

  • George Vacek
  • George Vacek
  • Global Director Life Sciences
  • Date: March 30, 2016