Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has announced that it has joined Microsoft in the BioIT Alliance, an organization of more than 40 pharmaceutical, biotech, hardware and software companies working together to realize the potential of personalized medicine.
Thermo Fisher’s informatics business will participate in this effort, working collaboratively to develop industry-wide conventions for sharing data using Microsoft technology.
The Alliance, formed in April 2006, explores new ways to share complex biomedical data and to collaborate among multi-disciplinary teams to speed the pace of discovery in the life sciences, shortening the time between discovery of new biological data and the application of that knowledge to human health.
The Alliance brings together science and technology leaders to consider ways to address the challenges of integration, collaboration and knowledge management that aren’t likely to be solved by any single company.
"Our partnership in the Alliance aligns with our strategy on open standards," said Dave Champagne, vice president and general manager of Thermo Fisher’s informatics business.
“As software providers, we know the importance of working toward open, industry standards so that laboratories benefit from true integration of their instruments, equipment and software," he continued.
"The Alliance, while focused on data sharing to enhance life sciences research, aligns perfectly with our strategy for standardization and interoperability. By participating in the Alliance, we’ll help drive standards that enable end-to-end workflows for our customers, regardless of their industry. Customers count on us to show this leadership and be innovative with our technology."