Eagle and Microsoft explore new frontier for genomics discovery with AI microbiome technology
Eagle Genomics in Cambridge UK has become the first partner for Microsoft in groundbreaking microbiomic research into immune disorders and antibiotic resistance. The microbiome arena is considered the new frontier for scientific discovery.
Eagle data scientists and developers who have masterminded a pioneering microbiome data platform are partnering Microsoft Genomics, a Microsoft Azure service dedicated to meeting the computational challenges of the genomics era.
Microbiomics is the study of the microbiome; the ecosystem of good bacteria, fungi and viruses present in virtually all living organisms.
The microbiome plays a key role in defending against disease but the uptake and popularisation of anti-bacterial products, pesticides and antibiotics in the last century has caused widespread microbial imbalance and impairment.
This has led to a host of ailments we face today including; immune disorders, mental health problems and antibiotic resistance. The Eagle-Microsoft partnership represents a commitment to address these challenges.
Eagle Genomics’ knowledge discovery platform, the e[automateddatascientist], utilises machine learning and Azure cloud technology to transform data into actionable insights that drive scientific decision making.
Enterprise partners are able to use the platform to assess a product’s suitability for retail/consumption by assessing, for example, it’s impact on the complex and unique human microbiome.
The insight gained from the platform enables quick assessment of a products potential, accelerates market entry and mitigates early risk.
A recent graduate company from the Microsoft ScaleUp programme, Eagle Genomics’ extensive expertise in curating, analysing and interpreting life sciences data combined with Microsoft’s best-in-class Azure cloud technology and cognitive services provide an AI-augmented platform that is able to meet the significant data challenges associated with microbiome research.
The platform will enable enterprise customers to gain new insights in this new frontier of scientific exploration, particularly its application in healthcare, personal care, cosmetics and food.
The Eagle platform is already deployed in global companies including Unilever and GSK; Eagle’s collaboration with Microsoft will enable the solution to be easily scaled at the enterprise level across these business and science customers, and many more.
Anthony Finbow, CEO of Eagle Genomics said: “We are delighted to partner with Microsoft Healthcare on its Genomics service and look forward to working together to unlock the potential of the microbiome and solve some of the grand challenges of our age.
“We are seeing strong demand for our knowledge discovery platform amongst enterprise customers in the biotech and pharma, food and personal care industries as they embrace the digital reinvention of Life Sciences R & D.
“Microsoft Genomics will help tackle the computing and scaling challenges, accelerating the adoption of the technologies and the launch of new products and therapies, heralding a new era in scientific discovery.”
Geralyn Miller, director of Microsoft Genomics added: “This collaboration with Eagle Genomics presents exciting opportunities to gain meaningful insight from microbiome data, an area of research that, when better understood, promises to have a significant impact on our health and wellbeing.
“This is in line with Microsoft’s mission to bring the power and scale of the cloud to precision-medicine, spanning the productisation of core services and fundamental research.”
Eagle says its award-winning AI augmented knowledge discovery platform is “revolutionising how scientists conduct life sciences research and bridging the gap between data and new insights in a rapid, systematic and traceable way.
“It puts data science at the fingertips of biologists to drastically reduce time and cost of research, enabling customers to achieve radical productivity improvements and true data driven discovery,” the company claims.
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