From the CEO Desk

Keith Elliston, PhD, Seneca Creek Research

Keith Elliston, PhD, Seneca Creek Research

I hope that everyone has had a great summer!  The tranSMART Community and Foundation have been very busy during these past summer months, and as a result, we have released the Production version of tranSMART v1.2.  This is the culmination of more than 9 months of development and testing effort, which all began with the community prioritizing the features for inclusion in v1.2 last November at the Foundation Annual Meeting in Paris.  We followed this up by organizing a series of community Hackathons and Testathons over the last 9 months, and ran a community-driven testing and optimization process that has culminated in this Production release.

We have officially launched v1.2 during two - two hour events this week.  One was hosted at the University of Michigan the other was hosted at IDBS in London.  (Recordings available on the Foundation YouTube Channel).  There were introductions by the Foundation team and demonstrations by community members and contributors which will highlight the extensive new functionality that has been added to the platform.  Each of these key functions was initially developed by a community member and contributed to the open-source.  The community-driven effort to integrate these functions into a seamless platform was accomplished by all of these contributors working together as a team.  These contributors include non-profit and academic efforts such as eTRIKS, TraIT, the University of Michigan, Imperial College and Harvard.  It also includes commercial service provides such as theHyve, Rancho Biosciences, ConvergeHEALTH, Saama Technologies, Cognizant, Thomson Reuters and IDBS.  And, we can't forget our pharma members, which included Pfizer, Sanofi, and Takeda.  The list of contributors is extensive, and the list of testers is even larger.  We have all produced a platform that we should be incredibly proud of!

I am looking forward to the broad adoption of this platform across academia and industry. The Foundation will continue to work with the community to enhance and support the platform as it continues to grow and evolve.  We will be celebrating this community achievement at our Foundation Annual Meeting in Ann Arbor on October 14-16th, where we will continue to chart the course forward for this collaborative open-source platform.

I hope to see you all at the launch webinar, and at the Foundation Annual Meeting in October!

Best regards,  Keith