Researchers can now utilize the open-access content of the TCGA in a secure and curated cloud-based environment

Marco Island, Florida and San Francisco, CA – February 26, 2015.  Station X, Inc., a leading developer of technologies that make large-scale human genome management and analysis easier, today announced that researchers can now utilize the open-access data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) through the company’s secure cloud-based GenePool™ platform.  

“TCGA is a national treasure and we wanted to make it easier for researchers to access and use for clinically focused applications,” said Richard Goold, Chief Executive Officer of Station X. “Station X provides the most comprehensive and user-friendly version of TCGA datasets, which includes the genomic profiles of more than 10,000 patients and 27 cancer types and all of the patient and sample metadata curated by Station X, making high-quality data mining possible.”

Currently, researchers wanting to incorporate information from TCGA into their workflows must download data stored at multiple locations, integrate them with their own data and then process this collection on powerful computational systems. This workflow has become untenable for most labs given the enormous growth of TCGA and other large-scale sequencing datasets.

In order to mitigate the daunting challenges inherent in managing and analyzing  vast amounts of genomic data, Station X has built a cloud-based “Software as a Service” (SaaS) platform called GenePool. GenePool provides a persistent, secure and curated repository for storing, cataloging and accessing cancer genome sequence, alignment, sequence variation, expression, copy number and structural variation information from the TCGA consortium.

“Station X has focused on integrating the data for somatic mutations, RNA-Seq, miRNA-Seq, protein expression, copy number and methylation across cancer types, and presenting it to researchers in an organized and intuitive manner,” said Tod Klingler, Chief Scientific Officer of Station X. “We are excited to be working with cancer researchers and are committed to ensuring that GenePool contains the most up-to-date TCGA content.”

To learn more about GenePool and the TCGA dataset, please visit www.stationxinc.com/tcga-in-genepool. Station X will present these data at the annual Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) meeting in Marco Island, Florida during the software demonstration session on February 26 at 5:15 P.M. Eastern Time.

About Station X
Station X, Inc. was founded in 2010 by leaders in the fields of genomics and computational biology. The company’s flagship product, GenePool, enables scientists and clinicians working with large-scale human genome information to manage, organize, mine and share their data sets in a scalable, secure environment. Station X is based in San Francisco and can be found online at www.stationxinc.com.

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Source: Business Wire