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Eagle Genomics partners Quadram
In a new strategic partnership Eagle Genomics (www.eaglegenomics.com), the Deep Tech software business pioneering the application of network science to biology and the Quadram Institute (www.quadram.ac.uk), a world-leading institute creating new interfaces between food science, gut biology, and human health have joined forces to promote understanding on microbiome science and accelerate microbiome analysis through AI-augmented knowledge discovery platform.
Building on the agreement announced in September 2021 (www.creditcontrol.co.uk/eagle-genomics-partners-earlham-institute) with the Earlham Institute, a Norwich-based leader in data-intensive bioscience research, the partnership with the Quadram Institute will involve the sharing of datasets, innovation pipelines and tools to facilitate the understanding of complex microbiome data through Eagle Genomics’ e[datascientist]™ platform (www.eaglegenomics.com/what-we-do/e-datascientist-platform).
e[datascientist]™ leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and network science to surface scientific connections and explore multi-causal relationships, for example to better understand the microbiome. The platform also improves the digitization, and reduces the siloization, of legacy scientific R&D systems, which can be used in tandem with datasets from publicly available databases, all in a standardized format. In this way e[datascientist] supports the entire R&D workflow, accelerating the generation of novel insights and ultimately reducing time to market.
“Our new knowledge partnership with the Quadram Institute presents an exciting opportunity to share and provide access to novel datasets and tools through e[datascientist]™, providing invaluable insights in minutes rather than months,” says Anthony Finbow, CEO, Eagle Genomics.
“At Eagle Genomics, we firmly believe that the microbiome has a critical role to play across numerous industries, both now and in the future. In order better to understand these intricate relationships and unlock radical innovation opportunities, it is critical to be able to efficiently interrogate multi-dimensional microbiome data. This is where e[datascientist] is playing an invaluable role. By harnessing nature - including its complex networks and associated multi-dimensional data - we can help tackle the world’s “Grand Challenges” while unlocking significant economic potential.”
“Building a network of key knowledge partners with world-leading research institutes is a critical area of focus for us, and this latest partnership demonstrates commitment to building that network and augments our previously announced partnership with the Earlham Institute,” adds Dr Andrew Tingey, Senior Director, Global IP and Licensing Strategy, Eagle Genomics.
“We look forward to working with both Institutes and deepening our work together on our journey to becoming a global open platform for data innovation – combining open science and commercial R&D to benefit each partner and society.”
“We’re delighted to be working with Eagle Genomics on this exciting new strategic partnership. Our world-leading work on genomics and multi-omics continues to help both the UK and low- and middle-income countries around the world deliver genomic surveillance of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, and is built on our long-standing expertise around pathogens in the food chain,” comments Dr Roberto Zanchi, Head of Business Development, Quadram Institute.
“Data science is also absolutely key to our research at the Quadram Institute into the gut microbiome and its influence on human health, all of which is mediated by the complex interactions of micro-organisms, the food we eat, and the environment of the gastro-intestinal tract itself.”
As scientists’ understanding of the role of the microbiome – the population of trillions of different bacteria and microbes that colonize our tissues, organs, and environment – and its role in both health and disease continues to improve, gaining a deeper understanding of these complex biological systems has become of vital importance. By applying advances in genetic sequencing technology, laboratories across the world can now identify which species of microbes are present in different microbiome ecosystems, and comprehend, from reading the sequence of individual genes, which functions those microbes might have.
The analysis of ‘multi-omic’ data from humans, as well as that of soil, plants, animals, and their interactions with their diverse hosts, could help scientists develop new innovations that to meet the rapidly increasing nutritional requirements of a growing global population. Such an approach would also help in reducing the carbon footprint of sectors such as food processing and agriculture.