I don’t mind admitting that I don’t have deep expertise in genomics. But I do have a passion for learning—and in fact, I’d wager that any successful career in genomics demands a similar passion for keeping up with cutting-edge advancements in the field. Genomics industry events give Quantum an opportunity to connect with both the researchers moving the field forward and the people responsible for making sure the underlying technology is ready to support innovation. That’s why we’re excited Frontline Genomics has launched a relatively new series of events called the Festival of Genomics.
Observations from Festival of Genomics California
In a nice bit of synchronicity, my second-ever genomics event was the second Festival of Genomics event, held November 3-5 in San Mateo, California. In fact, check out the highlight video—you can see our Quantum booth hiding in the background at the :36 second mark and me at a session at the :45 second mark. Just look for the spiffy vest, I’m front and center.
At the California event, I was inspired by the first two plenary sessions. Karen E. Nelson, President of the J. Craig Venter Institute, kicked off by discussing work on the human microbiome. Immediately following, Carlos Bustamante, Professor of Genetics, School of Medicine, Stanford University, gave us a great look at his team’s use of genomics to study the movement of human populations.
The combination of these two sessions created a special start for the event precisely because of how they broadened the scope—it was clear that the genomics work discussed at the festival is impacting discovery across many fields of research. As I talked with attendees at our booth throughout the event, that sentiment held true. From doctors to researchers to IT teams behind the hardware that powers analysis, it’s clear that the attendees at the Festival of Genomics want to make things better—better analysis, more efficient research, and improved patient outcomes.
Excitement for Festival of Genomics London
Quantum is definitely excited to see that collaboration in person again at this week’s Festival of Genomics in London. In California, our conversations with attendees clarified the need for a more efficient approach to storing and managing genomics data over the long-term—and I’m sure we’ll hear more of the same in London. When data needs to be kept for decades, a multi-tier approach that includes object storage can make sure research teams continue to have access without breaking the bank by overinvesting in high-speed capacity. If you’re watching sequenced data and analysis grow faster than your storage can handle, please stop by booth 49 and talk to Quantum. We’d love to hear how your work benefits from the collaboration at Festival of Genomics—and explore how we can help you make sure your storage infrastructure is ready for the innovation that follows.