The calculation is very simple but impressive. For example, a blood test or a nasal swab to test for Covid-19 yields three terabytes of data. In the first round of the program designed by Vale do Genoma, to serve 6000 people, there will be 18 petabytes. “It will be the largest server in Brazil,” said Tsen Chung Kang, director of research and new business at Grupo Jacto and member of the Genome Valley Executive Board. This may be the scenario for a very short future where the innovation ecosystem team focuses on research and development through a genomics approach and artificial intelligence. The results will be applied to health, agriculture and the environment.
This initiative forms a center for start-ups, is considered a pioneer in Brazil and the world as a reference for improving people’s quality of life, is located in the city of Guarapuava and currently wants to move from research to market. To this end, Genome Valley is strengthening partnerships and expanding research in the areas of genetics and artificial intelligence (AI) applied to health.
The project’s initial focus is on working on three health fronts that are, oddly enough, the same thing that have made significant advances throughout the history of medicine: epidemiology, genomics, and artificial intelligence (making medical imaging possible, for example).
The Federation of Brazilian IT Companies in Parana (Assespro-PR) is a partner in the project. “It gives us great pleasure as an entity to see this project by these competent people happen here in our state, and even more so, to know that these solutions can really help such a sector in need, which is the health sector. This involves the quality of life, as well “It is a great thing,” said Lucas Ribeiro, head of the entity. Lucas has put Assespro-PR and its partners, experienced professionals in the field of Information Technology (IT), at the disposal of Vale do Genome. “If we can contribute, it is clear that together we will be very happy It is worth noting that Assespro-PR, along with the Government of Parana and other entities, recently launched the ‘Paranaenses Technology Solutions for Smart Cities’ brochure, a guide for start-ups aiming to improve the service provided by municipalities through innovation.
The project’s initial focus is on working on three health fronts that are, oddly enough, the same thing that have made significant advances throughout the history of medicine: epidemiology, genomics, and artificial intelligence (making medical imaging possible, for example). “Advances have allowed us to achieve precision medicine. We worked on the signs and symptoms. In the future, we will look at algorithms,” said David Livingston, Unicentro Medicine Course Coordinator and Paraná Genomes Project.
The Vale do Genome already has about 300 specialists working, and over two years they record important achievements, such as studies in applied research, proximity to the technology complex, and presence in the Instituto para Pesquisa do Câncer de Guarapuava (IPEC) in genetic sequencing. “It helped a lot with the spread of the epidemic, including,” explained Marcus Pellegrina, from the Science and Technology Coordination of the General Supervisory Authority for Science, Technology and Higher Education (Citi). “We are looking for the best cases in the world, on how to create innovation, and contribute to the competitiveness of the productive sector in Paraná. In the country, we are the only organized initiative that is considering this genetic research.”
The main objective now is to expand the search for new partners in the business sector, in the areas related to the project, with the aim of identifying innovative business opportunities, contributing to the competitiveness of the productive sector. “These connections are of great importance to Genome Valley, which is one of the key innovative projects underway in the state that is translating into great business opportunities,” said Director of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Aldo Bona.
Genome Valley is made up of representatives of the state government, through the Supervisory Authority for Science, Technology and Higher Education and the Araucaria Foundation; From IPEC in Guarapuava, Shunji Nishimura Technology Foundation, Cilla Tech Park (Guarapuava Technology Park), Agribusiness Innovation Center and Universities. He also has the support of Rebenio and Jacto.
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