NIH expands biomedical research in the cloud with Microsoft Azure

News Release

Tuesday, July twenty, 2021

Microsoft Azure has joined the National Institutes of Health’s Science and Technological know-how Exploration Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation, and Sustainability (STRIDES) Initiative as the newest cloud company company to guidance biomedical exploration. The addition of this most recent market associate will further more the STRIDES Initiative’s intention to speed up biomedical exploration in the cloud by cutting down financial and method limitations as well as delivering expense-helpful obtain to cloud platforms, instruction, cloud specialists, and best procedures for optimizing exploration in the cloud.

In just a number of decades, the STRIDES Initiative has expanded obtain to vital infrastructure and cutting-edge cloud sources for NIH researchers, as well as NIH-funded researchers at much more than two,five hundred educational establishments across the country. To day, NIH has helped much more than 425 exploration courses and initiatives leverage cloud sources by means of the STRIDES Initiative. Collectively, researchers have employed much more than eighty three million several hours of computational sources to obtain and examine much more than 115 petabytes of substantial-benefit biomedical info in the cloud. This is equal to two.3 million four-drawer filing cupboards comprehensive of text.

By leveraging the STRIDES Initiative, the National Library of Medicine’s Sequence Study Archive (SRA) — one of the world’s premier, publicly available genome sequence repositories — migrated above 43 petabytes of “next generation” sequencing info to the cloud, easing obtain for tens of millions of researchers. Utilizing the cloud, researchers can now search the entire catalog of genomic info and consider advantage of the computational applications for assessment.

“The cloud can enable democratize obtain to substantial-benefit exploration info and the most innovative analytical systems for all researchers. Expanding our network of vendors and obtain to the most innovative computational infrastructure, applications, and expert services provides the agility and versatility that researchers require to speed up exploration discoveries,” stated Andrea T. Norris, Director of NIH’s Middle for Facts Technological know-how and NIH Main Facts Officer. “Partnering with Microsoft Azure as a cloud company company furthers our targets to boost discovery and boost efficiency in biomedical exploration.”

“We normally hazard shedding the benefit of biomedical info because of the sheer volumes becoming produced and digitized close to the globe. By leveraging cloud and synthetic intelligence abilities, biomedical researchers are equipped to immediately detect and extract vital, lifesaving insights from this sea of info,” stated Toni Townes-Whitley, President, U.S. Regulated Industries, Microsoft. “We are honored to collaborate with the NIH to enable researchers resolve some of today’s greatest clinical worries, in guidance of a much healthier and much more sustainable worldwide inhabitants.”

A central tenet of the STRIDES Initiative is that info made available by means of these partnerships will incorporate specifications endorsed by the biomedical exploration neighborhood to make info Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (Fair).

“NIH has an formidable vision of a modernized, Fair biomedical info landscape,” stated Susan K. Gregurick, Ph.D., Associate Director for Knowledge Science and Director of the Business of Knowledge Science System at NIH. “By partnering with Microsoft Azure, which has above 3 decades of knowledge in the cloud house, we can improve NIH’s info ecosystem and speed up info-driven exploration and discovery.”

Microsoft Azure joins Google Cloud and Amazon Net Providers in supporting the STRIDES Initiative.

About the NIH Business of Knowledge Science System: The Business of Knowledge Science System (ODSS) leads implementation of the NIH Strategic Strategy for Knowledge Science by means of scientific, specialized, and operational collaboration with the institutes, facilities, and workplaces that comprise NIH. The place of work was fashioned in 2018 in just the Division of Program Coordination, Preparing, and Strategic Initiatives, which options and coordinates trans-NIH initiatives and exploration supported by the NIH Frequent Fund. Far more info is available at the Business of Knowledge Science System web page: datascience.nih.gov.

About the National Institutes of Wellbeing (NIH):
NIH, the nation’s clinical exploration company, incorporates 27 Institutes and Centers and is a element of the U.S. Section of Wellbeing and Human Providers. NIH is the main federal company conducting and supporting simple, medical, and translational clinical exploration, and is investigating the triggers, remedies, and cures for both common and scarce ailments. For much more info about NIH and its courses, check out www.nih.gov.

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