Making Complex Next Generation Sequencing Analytics Easy for Life Sciences Researchers

Marco Island FL February 20, 2013: Maverix Biomics, Inc. today marks the 100th day of the successful launch and adoption by revenue-generating customers of the Maverix Analytic Platform at the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT 2013) meeting being held on Marco Island, Florida. The Maverix Analytic Platform integrates management, exploration, and visualization of genomic data into one easy-to-use system.

Unlike competitors’ offerings, the Maverix Analytic Platform is a cloud-based solution designed for use directly by life sciences researchers who may not have software or bioinformatics expertise. It leverages proven, open-source algorithms and applications developed at leading academic and research centers. After loading sequence data from
any organism (human, animal, plant, or microbe), users are able to immediately perform analysis with reliable, scientifically recommended configurations, as cited in peer-reviewed journal publications. Visualization is provided through a variety of integrated graphic tools, including the UCSC Genome Browser, the world’s most widely used genome browser.

“Many more people need immediate access to the latest tools for NGS analysis. Depending on those who can program and know UNIX is the way of the past, not the future — there are just too many new questions to answer. Biologists should be empowered to process and explore their data at will,” said Todd Lowe PhD, Chief Scientific Officer of Maverix. “Having taught bioinformatics for over 10 years to a mix of biology, chemistry, and engineering undergraduates, it’s clear to me that any researcher can handle their own sequence analysis given the right tools and interface.”

Researchers can start analyzing their data using these pre-configured tools without having to invest in IT infrastructure, download software, or obtain the services of a bioinformatics expert. Novel discoveries can be made without the typical delay associated with having to learn scripting languages and UNIX-style command line interfaces. Advanced users can still customize their analysis workflows and provide their own analytic tools according to their needs and abilities.

“Maverix has already helped me improve the quality of my sequencing data, which will lead to better analysis and research results,” said Travis Antes, Director of Product Development at Systems Biosciences, Inc.

Successful research studies require quality data. The Maverix Analytic Platform provides automated quality checks on data uploaded by users or imported directly from leading sequencing service providers to ensure valid and reliable analysis results.

The Maverix Analytic Platform makes collaboration and sharing of data, analytical tools, and results simple. Researchers’ data can be placed in context with public genome databases and multiple other sources. Data, methods, and results can also be shared privately or as broadly as desired; with colleagues at the next lab bench or around the world. “Communities of Discovery” can be established with other scientists around a particular organism or common research area of interest.

“I’m very excited to work with Maverix to help create a new tomato community-focused analytic portal as the first example of their ‘Communities of Discovery.’ Having a destination site where anyone in the Solanum lycopersicum (tomato) community can analyze, visualize, and openly share new sequencing data should enable new opportunities for collaboration in the field. I’m impressed by how quickly they incorporated my lab’s small RNA expression data within a new UCSC-style comparative genomics browser, and I eagerly look forward to comparing my expression profiles with other newly published sequencing data sets,” said Barbara Baker, Molecular Geneticist at the US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service Plant Gene Expression
Center.

Automatic notifications and alerts are also provided for scientists to stay current in their research areas with minimal effort. Users will be informed of the latest relevant journal articles, availability of new data sets, and release of analytic tools based on their previously performed analyses and specific areas of interest.

The Maverix “pay-as-you-go” pricing model means that users only pay for the resources they use, when they use them.

About Maverix Biomics

Based in San Mateo CA and backed by leading venture capital firms and Silicon Valley investors, Maverix Biomics, Inc. provides researchers with a cloud-based platform to manage, analyze, and visualize genomic data, build Communities of Discovery, and place their data in context with the latest public data from the full spectrum of life, including human, plant, animal, or microbial organisms.