National Institute of General Medical Sciences Awards Parabon Grant to Develop Cloud-based Bioinformatics Infrastructure

14 January 2013

Parabon Computation, a veteran provider of extreme-scale software and services, has been awarded a Phase I STTR1 grant by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) to develop a software service to provide high-powered calculation capabilities for genetic research. The two-year project will involve adaptation of the multifactor dimensionality reduction (MDR) algorithm to Parabon's Frontier Compute Platform. MDR is widely regarded as one of the best applications for detecting subtle associations between genes and particular disease outcomes. The work is being performed in collaboration with Dr. Jason Moore, Professor of Genetics and of Community and Family Medicine at the Dartmouth Medical School. The NIGMS is one of 27 centers and institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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1 The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is a government program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. STTR's most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations. A company that receives STTR funding is eligible for sole source grants and contracts with the Federal government for services and products used on, developed in or derived from the STTR effort.

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