SciNova Informartics - Rajeev Gangal Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer Data Mining Will Benefit Innovative Small and Mid-size Firms - January 22, 2003InforSense | Company - Clipping
SciNova Informatics - Rajeev GangalCo-founder and Chief Scientific Officer
Gangal: SciNova Informatics was founded in August 2002 to provide customized computing solutions in life sciences.It is a sister concern of the Euresian Group of Companies, which deals with the manufacture and export of niche pharmaceutical products.Our mission is to bring knowledge and techniques from the world of physics and chemistry to bear on challenges in the life sciences. What is your vision for the development of the life science market? Gangal: Key technologies like proteomics and high-throughput chemical synthesis and screening will drive the life science market.As the throughput from instrumentation increases, so will the need of life scientists to have not only more storage space and computational power, but also better data mining tools and techniques to make sense of the complex data.In this regard, life science analysis can benefit enormously by interacting with other disciplines such as machine learning and concepts in non-linear physics.Moreover, the drivers of innovation will be small and mid-size companies.These companies would benefit enormously by using data mining and working with bio-IT organizations of similar size and those that understand their unique needs.What key organizational assets have you developed to serve this community? Gangal: Our main resource is a great team of researchers and developers.
Gangal: Our flagship product is Prometheus, an integrated development environment for the development of predictive models in computational life sciences - in chemoinformatics, bioinformatics, and a combination of the two.
Gangal: We are partnering with a leading bioinformatics company, Inforsense, to integrate the protein /DNA property calculation API with their KDE data mining system.Inforsense has achieved success even in difficult market conditions and we are excited about our collaboration.As part of our commitment to providing cost-effective and customized solutions to small to mid-size customers, we have collaborated with DBExperts Inc., a provider of a commercially supported version of postgresql RDBMS, and with Prudential Systems AG, which supplies cutting-edge data mining components.These partnerships will enable us and our partners to offer a wide range of database and data mining-centric customized solutions to our clients at a fantastic price-to-performance ratio.We are also partnering with some Indian life science instrumentation companies to integrate data mining components into their hardware.What new products and services do you have in development? Gangal: In the area of chemoinformatics our agreement with DBExperts Inc has allowed us to leverage the power of postgresql for the development of a data management solution for chemical labs.
Gangal: The company was conceived of in a meeting of two minds.
Rajeev Gangal, chief technology officer, itCube Pvt Ltd, Pune
Rajeev Gangal who is presently working as chief technology officer for itCube Pvt Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of itCube Inc, an Ohio-based organization that develops customized solutions for process management of medical and clinical research, took up a career in bioinformatics.Having seven years of experience in this field at different levels and also in different companies such as AstraZeneca India as bioinformatics researcher, project leader at Forscience and consultation to Evolvus, start-up companies in bioinformatics and also as co-founder and chief scientific officer of SciNova Technologies Pvt Ltd, he observes, "Bioinformatics as a business is mainly the IT component.
With the increasing availability of pathway and protein interaction data and clinical data, it will be a major thrust area, " Gangal says.Besides Dr Anand Kumar from AstraZeneca Research Foundation Bangalore, who is strongly committed to supporting novel ideas and technologies developed in India, he says Dr Milind Watve, Prof. Abasaheb, Garware College, Pune and Dr Shridhar Gadre from the Chemistry department of Pune University, have influenced him a lot in this information technology driven life sciences industry.Gangal has some tips for students who are looking at taking up courses in bioinformatics: learn the basics of how to standardize, interpret and analyze data, learn to bridge the gap between programming and life sciences, specialize in one of them and be good in the other.He says, "These skills will stand you in good stead.""Follow 3Cs for success"
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