Talks > 20-21/04/2016 Marc Sitges & Enrique Gonzalez

Decrypting your genomic data privately in the cloud

The use of genomic information has lead to unprecedented advances in research and to the development of personalized medicine and wellness. However, harnessing the full potential of that information while guaranteeing patient’s data privacy and security poses big challenges on its incorporation on a clinical setup. At Made of Genes, we have developed a platform for scientists, healthcare providers and customers that puts together genomic data, bioinformatics’ expertise and medical advice to deliver unique personalized products and services.

Genomics data collection and analysis have been historically run on in-house HPC environments, making difficult to match computing capacity with variable demand. On the contrary, storing and processing genomic data in the cloud provides greater flexibility and cost-effectiveness by allocating and paying resources as we need them.

We have set up a hybrid-cloud environment to get the best of both approaches. On one hand, personal health information, including genomic data, is stored in our private computing infrastructure in compliance with international laws and regulations. On the other hand, de-identified copies of the genomic data are also hosted in the cloud, so using cloud bursting methods provides additional computing resources ad-hoc without compromising customers privacy.

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