We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Big Blue to help life sciences

IBM starts biotech consulting group

Lower drug costs and shorter medicine trials could be on the horizon. IBM said yesterday it will establish a life sciences consulting practice to help biotech and pharmaceutical organisations use IT in research and development.

IBM aims to use its technology, and that of the internet, to simplify data gathering and analysis, improve research and development cycles and lower drug development costs.

The computer industry has lately made several moves to capitalise on growing IT needs among biotech researchers, particularly the need of genomics and proteomics researchers for high-powered supercomputing technology.

IBM and genome research services company NuTec Sciences announced in December that they are building a powerful supercomputer to investigate genetic expression and disease.

One side effect of the project could well be greater crossover between IBM and biotech companies. Many futurologists and IT commentators think at least part of the future of computing lies in wetware – biological computing and human-computer interfaces.


IDG UK Sites

Best iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 deals: Find the best contract for your new iPad

IDG UK Sites

The iPhone is doomed. Doomed to be marginally less successful than a very successful thing.

IDG UK Sites

How to prototype native mobile apps without writing code

IDG UK Sites

How to prepare for and update to OS X Yosemite: Get your Mac ready to download & install Apple's...