EDGC Introduces Hewlett Packard Into Genetics

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EDGC (Eone-Diagnomics Genome Center), Korea’s global genome analyzing firm, and Hewlett Packard (HP), an American multinational information technology company, strengthened their newly established partnership in genome sequencing by utilizing futuristic “high-performance computing” technology.

The joint venture became apparent in the United States’ International Conference for High-Performance Computing at Colorado Convention Center held from November 17-21 in Denver.

From its booth, HP compared its high-performance computing (HPC) technology with that of a conventional server. The showcase utilized EDGC’s liquid biopsy data in demonstrating how much more efficient its HPC technology can analyze the data.

Completing a task with HP’s HPC reduced time to 54 percent from 16 percent.

EDGC stated that using isolated DNA, RNA, MicroRNA, and protein from samples of blood, urine, or saliva, liquid biopsy enables for the prognosis of human illnesses, including detection of cancer at early phases. The genome-analyzing firm also said that it “soon can overcome cancer.”

The prognosis method can detect cancerous cell-bound circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) concealed in circulating free DNA (cfDNA) from the blood.

According to EDGC, HPC allows liquid biopsy to generate a massive quantity of next-genome-sequencing data by analyzing the information faster and more precisely.

Lee Min-seob, EDGC’s CO-CEO, said, “Developing liquid biopsy technologies needs a systemic application for various tasks, including real-time data analysis, calculating predictive models, artificial intelligence, risk analysis, and modeling.” The co-CEO conducted the exhibition at the HP booth.

He added, “With HP’s HPC, we can drastically reduce the time consumed in liquid biopsy analyses and thus commercialize the technology sooner. That’s why our partnership with HP will continue.”

EDGC claims to be Asia’s leader in liquid biopsy technology.

Introducing the technology of HPC in the genetic sequencing industry, HP considers the application as another strategic move to widen its global market influence.

HP installed a supercomputer in May at the NASA Ames Research Center named Aitken. The research center located in California’s Silicon Valley utilizes the IT company’s technology to support lunar expeditions.

In the same month, HP bought Cray, a supercomputer maker, for $1.3 billion. Three years ago, for $275 million, it obtained the American computer software and hardware manufacturer Silicon Graphics International.

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