IT Professionals Needed to Mind Biotech's Data and the Systems It Lives on
By Chandler Harris Science and technology often go hand in hand, but nowhere is that more evident than in biotechnology. More than ever, the field's research and innovation is being driven by tech's increasing power. Because of this, IT professionals are in high demand to create programs, algorithms and generally make sense of the vast stores of data being created, aggregated and mined. "We've been talking about the intersection of IT and life sciences, but I feel now that message is hitting home," says Kevin Davies, chief editor of Bio-IT World, a biotechnology industry magazine. "The main reason is the volume of data that life science groups, academic research and biotechnology companies produce has exploded."