The last decade has witnessed a major shift in life sciences research: novel technologies are creating new disciplines like next generation sequencing (NGS) and single cell biology. A major challenge in utilizing these next-gen platforms is that they generate massive amounts of complex data. Fully leveraging and finding useful information in these datasets is an extremely difficult and specialized task for which most research scientists are untrained.
While life science research has evolved to become inter-disciplinary, experimental design and data analysis tools are mired in the past. Out of necessity, researchers often revert to ad hoc public software tools that are hard to use, are restricted in functionality, and require a very capable programmer to integrate into a robust and reliable experimental workflow. For these reasons, many life science, biomedical researchers continue to use excel to tabulate and analyze data: this is not only labor intensive but provides woeful computational power that is inadequate for today’s researchers.
Smpl Bio is ushering in a new informatics paradigm, and has developed a software platform, Kratos, to do so. Our first application, Kratos Ace, targets Single Cell Genomics.