Collaboration will accelerate innovation and adoption of cloud-based genomics sequencing solutions
Falcon Computing Solutions and the UCLA Center for Precision Medicine today announced a collaboration that will accelerate innovation and the adoption of cloud-based genomics sequencing solutions. Falcon is conducting initial product testing, benchmarking and optimization at UCLA based on the industry standard GATK best practices pipeline, and is receiving valuable feedback from the UCLA researchers and scientists that allow for product optimization. The joint activity builds upon an existing relationship between UCLA and Falcon – a UCLA spinout co-founded by Dr. Jason Cong, Chancellor’s Professor and the Director of the Center for Domain Specific Computing (CDSC) at UCLA.
“UCLA is a critical partner of Falcon Computing and we highly value the ongoing relationship as we build the company,” noted Falcon CEO Bradley Howe. “The early partnership and ability to receive critical feedback on accelerated genomics solutions has been invaluable to Falcon and we look forward to a sustained engagement.”
“UCLA continues to be a leader and innovator in Precision Medicine and are aggressively driving new capabilities to revolutionize the use of genomics in mainstream medicine,” said Dr. Dan Geschwind, senior associate dean and associate vice chancellor of precision medicine in the UCLA Health System and David Geffen School of Medicine. “We are pleased to be working with Falcon Computing and have seen significant gains over our previous pipelines.”
“We see rapidly increasing demands for sequencing and data analysis,” said Dr. Xinmin Li, Director of UCLA Technology Center for Genomics & Bioinformatics (TCGB). “Our experiences with Falcon and use of their genomics appliance are excellent. This system can process NGS data 3-4X faster than our previous system by automation and fast data processing.”
“It is always exciting to see UCLA spinouts emerge in the marketplace with promising new technologies,” said Amir Naiberg, associate vice chancellor and CEO of UCLA Technology Development Corporation. “We look forward to UCLA continuing to work with Falcon as they advance the custom computing solutions to power Precision Medicine.”
About Falcon Computing Solutions
Falcon Computing Solutions was founded in 2014 and provides seamless and scalable acceleration solutions to big-data applications. Its products include compile and runtime tools and libraries that span multiple vertical markets, enabling order of magnitude improvements in performance and power efficiency. The company is based in Santa Clara, CA with offices in Los Angeles and Beijing with investors that include Intel Capital, Huawei, Baidu Ventures, Clear Ventures, SV Tech Ventures, and Sierra Ventures. More information can be found at www.falcon-computing.com.
About UCLA Precision Medicine
As a home for UCLA’s precision and genomic health activities, the Institute for Precision Health facilitates current and future large-scale initiatives in genetic and genomic medicine, creates new, currently untapped, opportunities for innovative discovery, and further solidifies UCLA’s international leadership in a broad range of scholarship and training, information technology and clinical care
The institute provides leadership and strategic vision, and facilitates the development of platforms for big data integration, clinical diagnostics, and patient bio-banking. Looking outward, the institute also organizes inter-campus, regional and state precision health activities, as well as community engagement to ensure that diverse community voices and concerns are understood and addressed in a transparent manner.
About UCLA Technology Development Group (TDG)
The UCLA Technology Development Group (TDG) supports UCLA’s research, education and service mission. Working with UCLA TDG is a complementary approach to traditional publishing that can facilitate the translation of UCLA discoveries into new products and services that have the potential to broadly benefit the public. The UCLA TDG office manages a large portfolio of technologies and license agreements, and has a rich history of startup company formation that UCLA TDG continues to build on. For more information, please visit www.tdg.ucla.edu