AB Sciex and Illumina are teaming up for what they call the OneOmics™ project, which aims to combine next-generation proteomics (NGP) and next-generation sequencing (NGS) tools in a cloud computing environment. As part of this project, BaseSpace, Illumina’s applications store and genomics-focused cloud-based informatics community, will be hosting AB Sciex' SWATH™ Proteomics Cloud Tool Kit suite of applications, making BaseSpace a one-stop location for genomics and proteomics big data.

Four SWATH apps that have been added to BaseSpace via this partnership are Protein Expression Extractor, for processing raw mass spectrometry data; Protein Expression Assembler, for protein fold-change analysis; Protein Expression Browser, to visualize results in biological context; and Protein Expression Analytics, for data quality review.

The firms believe this partnership could help advance biomarker discovery and aid research into diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease.

“These new proteomics tools add systems biology capabilities to BaseSpace, creating an easy-to-use, cloud-based environment that enables rapid data analysis for a growing range of applications,” Nicholas Naclerio, Illumina's svp, corporate development and general manager, enterprise informatics, said in a statement. “Now, BaseSpace is making informatics accessible to anyone searching for a truly interdisciplinary, systems-level understanding of biology.”

SWATH software, according to AB Sciex, can allow thousands of proteins to be examined at once with nearly no method development. SWATH was also involved in an multiyear agreement made in February of 2013 between AB Sciex and the Institute for Systems Biology aimed at developing methods and technology in proteomics mass spec to redefine biomarker research and complement genomics through quantitative proteomics analysis.

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