Hortonworks Initiates Precision Medicine Consortium to Explore Next Generation Genomics Open Source Platform

Press Release | Hortonworks, Inc. | June 28, 2016

SANTA CLARA Calif. and SAN JOSE, Calif., June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- (Hadoop Summit) -- Hortonworks, Inc. ® (NASDAQ: HDP), a leading innovator of open and connected data platforms, today announced the formation of a new consortium to define and develop an open source genomics platform to accelerate genomics-based precision medicine in research and clinical care. Other founding members include Arizona State University, Baylor College of Medicine, Booz Allen Hamilton, Mayo Clinic, OneOme and Yale New Haven Health.

Harnessing the full potential of precision medicine demands a platform to store a massive volume of genomic information, an analytic interface and real time querying at scale, among other requirements. The consortium will further define these requirements and address the limitations of current technologies through an open and collaborative approach using Design Thinking. It will also leverage knowledge across multiple domains including medical genetics, programming, high performance computing and big data to ensure that organizations of any size have the opportunity to store and analyze genomics in a single platform. At Hadoop Summit in San Jose, CA, the consortium members will launch the collaborative effort to define an open-source platform for genomics.

Today's announcement furthers Hortonworks' support for the White House's Precision Medicine Initiative. Hortonworks is committed to providing its expertise in Connected Data Platforms and building open communities to address the challenges and opportunities of precision medicine.

"Unleashing the power of data through open community and collaboration is the right approach to solve a complex problem like precision medicine," said DJ Patil, chief data scientist, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. "Initiatives like this one will break data silos and share data in an open platform across industries to speed genomics-based research and ultimately save lives."

"The scale and challenges of bringing precision medicine to life requires a united front across the technology, research and healthcare industries," said Vishal Dhanuka, vice president of Innovation and Strategy, Hortonworks. "Hortonworks is proud to help define and design an open source genomics platform to save lives through genomics-based medicine."

"This open-source solution will accelerate genomic processing, further enabling precision medicine," states Kevin Vigilante, chief medical officer, Booz Allen. "Booz Allen is dedicating our health experts, data scientists, and technologists to tackle the challenge of bringing innovation to healthcare."

"To truly achieve precision medicine in everyday patient care, we need solutions that can manage and analyze massive amounts of genomics and clinical information in near real-time," states Jason Ross, senior director of EMR Integration, OneOme.  "We believe that this consortium and open-source platform will help accelerate personalized healthcare solutions like pharmacogenomics into routine clinical care."

"The joint efforts of the leading thought leaders from genomics research and open source technology will enable the personalized medicine revolution through a diverse collection of analytic tools," said Jay Etchings, director of operations for research computing and senior HPC architect at Arizona State University. "This defining strategy is going to fuel novel genomic analysis and near-seamless integration of multidimensional molecular and clinical data, and we are extremely excited to be part of this consortium."

Further Reading

ASU Case Study http://hortonworks.com/blog/hortonworks-genomics-and-precision-medicine-solutions/

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