San Diego, California, May 27th, 2014. – Rancho BioSciences, the scientific data consulting company, announced today that it is now an affiliate member of the tranSMART Foundation, a non-profit organization providing a global, open-source knowledge management platform for scientists to share pre-competitive research data. Rancho BioSciences has donated 11 manually curated data sets to be used for testing and hackathons. Rancho BioSciences will also be working with the Foundation to develop a new track named “Testathon” whereby it will donate resources for every release cycle to test the tranSMART platform and report bugs to the development team to fix before the final production release.

“Rancho is committed to the success of tranSMART,” said Julie Bryant, the company’s CEO. “We host and manage tranSMART with third parties such as AWS, BT Global and Liaison Technologies. We develop integrations with third party tools such as R and Omicsoft, build ETL loaders and develop new features around tranSMART. We then roll it out to therapeutic areas in pharma to answer questions and develop hypotheses.”

“We are supporting many foundations, academic and government groups with tranSMART,” said Laura Brovold, Head of academic and government at Rancho BioSciences. “We have manually curated 30 million multiple sclerosis data points for the Orion project that are now in tranSMART ready for analysis by the team members.”

“Rancho BioSciences has been an integral partner in the development of the tranSMART platform and we are pleased to have them commit their resources as an Affiliate Member,” said the tranSMART Foundation CEO, Keith Elliston. “As an open source platform with developers from numerous organizations all over the globe, the “Testathon” track will be an essential component to the success of future releases of the platform. We are thankful for the expertise Rancho is offering in this area.”

About The tranSMART Foundation

The tranSMART Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides an open-source, cloud-based, data-sharing and analysis platform that enables scientists at universities, disease foundations, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies around the world to share pre-competitive data in a way that saves money and time in translating research findings into new therapies and diagnostic tools. Founded to steward the tranSMART platform, the Foundation is headquartered in Wakefield, Massachusetts with Centers of Excellence in Ann Arbor, Mich.; London, England; Boston, Mass.; and Amsterdam, Netherlands. The tranSMART Foundation can also be found on the web at

About Rancho BioSciences

Rancho BioSciences is a fee-for-service data-curation consulting company leveraging open-source tools and public-domain data. Our customers include Pharma, Institutes, and Academics.

We have a team of experienced Ph.D. and M.D. scientists around the world that deliver high quality work based on their expertise and domain knowledge in biology, diseases, and clinical data. Rancho BioSciences is flexible and cost effective, providing on site and off site curators.

Rancho BioSciences also has expertise in databases and hosts or installs tranSMART for their customers.

Our goal is to help the life-science community build better tools and take advantage of a wealth of scientific data by supporting and developing open source platforms.
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