The Philippine Genome Center (PGC) officially opened on Monday, April 14, its Core Facility for Bioinformatics (CFB) to provide local scientists and researchers a suite of services for genome-scale data generation and analysis.

(L-R) PGC Executive Director Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla, IBM Philippines Executive Dr. Delfin Jay Sabido, DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Amelia P. Guevara, DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo, CFB Director Dr. Arturo O. Lluisma, PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Ma. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, and PCHRD Executive Director Dr. Jaime C. Montoya.

At the heart of the facility is an IBM supercomputer dubbed “Blue Gene,” which the US-based tech giant provided to the Philippine government.

The bioinformatics unit complements the next generation sequencing services being offered by the center’s DNA Sequencing Core Facility (DSCF).

It offers high-performance computing resources, hardware and software, needed to analyze, manage/curate, and archive massive amount of data derived from next-generation sequencing.

Apart from data storage and analytics, researchers working with genomics-based technologies may also avail of the CFB’s custom-made/client-focused services such as provision of software, specialized databases or technical support for varied bioinformatics analyses, and also the use and access to high-performance computing resources.

“The Core Facility for Bioinformatics, a part of the research project ‘capability building in R&D genomics’ is now open to local researchers through the grant from the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD),” said Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla, executive director of the PGC.

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