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Special Issue from Bio-IT World Conference

This month we bring you articles and views from the recent (April 9-11) Bio-IT World Conference and Exhibition in Boston MA, USA. IEEE Life Sciences was present at the Conference in several capacities. In addition to a pictorial view of the Conference, we present three original articles, based on presentations made in Bio-IT technical sessions, addressing various aspects of resource management in the complex IT environment faced by bio/pharma organizations.

Ian Lumb, of Bright Computing presents “Enabling the Life Sciences: Cloud Computing for Smart People”, describing a cluster management solution that covers both local and cloud infrastructure.

tranSMART is an open source framework for managing translational research data, Dan Housman, of Recombinant By Deloitte, gives the history and status of this framework and the associated open source community in “tranSMART: A Year of Tnnovation and Growth of an Open Sounrce Community”.

As bio/pharma organizations manage and utilize an increasing number of applications, identity management can become a challenge. In “Identity Management for the Modern World: Enabling Every Company to be a Technology Company”, Phil Heyneker, of Okta, frames the issue and poses a solution.

We hope you find this issue to be informative and helpful. As always, we welcome your comments and your suggestions for future Newsletter topics at

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April 2013 Contributors

Nitish V. ThakorNitish V. Thakor is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, as well as the Director of the newly formed institute for neurotechnology, SiNAPSE, at the National University of Singapore. Read more

Ian LumbFor about eight years, Ian Lumb had the good fortune to engage with customers and partners at the forefront of HPC plus Grid and Cloud computing. For all but one of those eight years, Ian was employed by Platform Computing Inc... Read more

Dan HousmanDan Housman is a software veteran with a demonstrated track record of providing valuable and innovative decision support systems to large, complex organizations... Read more

Phil Heyneker is Director of Solutions Marketing at Okta, with an extensive background in bringing SaaS solutions to market, and in helping enterprises adopt new technologies and products. Read more