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Next Generation Tools and Strategies for Genomic Analysis

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In this talk, we will be surveying the ever-changing landscape of genomic analysis tools and frameworks to better understand the latest trends, and how Big-Data is becoming a more integral component in next-generation genomic analysis software.

Presentation Overview

Our featured speaker will be Rami Mehio, who is VP Engineering at Edico Genome, a biotech company that specializes in accelerated bioinformatics analysis. At Edico Genome, Rami leads the development of the DRAGEN Bio-IT processor, which allows for NGS Sequencing analysis to be performed significantly faster through the use of hardware acceleration utilizing FPGA technology.

During this presentation, Rami will discuss the impetus for hardware acceleration for genomic pipeline applications, and will cover some of the technologies in this field, including GPU, FPGA, ASIC, and Intel PHY.

Rami will present an FPGA (the technology upon which DRAGEN is based) primer, and will then dive into the architecture and algorithms employed in Edico Genome's offering, illustrating the algorithms employed for mapping/aligning, variant calling, and several other current and future use-cases.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session and then drinks, food, and networking!

We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday evening!

About Rami Mehio:

Rami Mehio has served as Vice President, Engineering at Edico Genome Corp., a privately held biotechnology company specializing in accelerated bioinformatics analysis, since August 2014. At Edico Genome, Rami leads the development of the DRAGEN Bio-IT processor, including system architecture, design and development of software and FPGA, algorithm design and quality assurance. DRAGEN, the world's first Bio-IT processor for analyzing next-generation sequencing data, was launched in March 2015 and is used in production by more than 30 customers worldwide.

Prior to Edico Genome, Rami served in various technical leadership roles in the cellular wireless industry, with more than 17 years of experience in fields ranging from cellular baseband and RF IC software development to configurable VLIW DSP chips and underwater acoustic modems. Rami has a strong track record of mass productization, including successfully delivering modem software for chipsets with sales of 140+ million. Rami is an inventor for 11 patents filed with USPTO relating to bioinformatics and cellular wireless, seven of which have been issued and four pending.

Rami earned a B.S.E.E and M.S.E.E. from McGill University.