ALEX DICKINSON

Ph.D., Senior Vice President Strategic Initiatives at Illumina

Alex supports nations and institutions building large-scale population sequencing projects based on Illumina technology. Previously Alex led the team that developed BaseSpace, Illumina’s cloud computing platform. He joined Illumina when the company acquired Helixis, a molecular diagnostic company he co-founded with Nobel Laureate David Baltimore. Alex began his career as a researcher at AT&T Bell Labs and has been awarded over 40 US patents covering a range of inventions including the camera and fingerprint technologies widely used in smartphones. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Adelaide, Australia, and an MBA from Columbia University in New York.

 

Data Challenges in Nation-Scale Sequencing Projects

The rapid scaling of DNA sequencing technology is driving exponentially larger nation-scale projects: from Iceland’s ground breaking 10K genomes to Genomics England’s ongoing 100K genome project to emerging efforts in the US (1M) and China (potentially 10M). We discuss some of the extraordinary clinical data processing and storage challenges these projects are creating.

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