ESAC, Inc.

Advancing cancer research with fast transfer of large Proteomic data

ESAC relies on Aspera’s high-speed transfer software to move large proteomic data sets to and from Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium (CPTAC) Data Coordinating Center (DCC)

 

ESAC, Inc. provides research data management, bioinformatics, and healthcare information technology solutions for government, commercial, and academic clients.

ESAC was awarded a 5-year contract with the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Office of Cancer Clinical Proteomics Research to manage the launch of a new Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium (CPTAC) Data Coordinating Center (DCC). ESAC was tasked with creating one data center and two data portals: one a secure and private repository for members of the consortium to upload and download shared data; and the other a separate public portal that would provide any member of the scientific community with access to data.

ESAC relies on Aspera’s high-speed transfer software to move large proteomic data sets to and from the data repositories that support each portal with the efficiency, security, and reliability that scientific researchers can depend on.

While setting up the data center and accompanying web portals, ESAC encountered one major challenge: because global proteomic profiling is done using mass spectrometry, file sizes are often exceedingly large, plus the quantity of data accumulates rapidly. A typical experiment is composed of separate mass spectrometry data sets for each tissue sample and may reach several dozen GB.

ESAC selected the Aspera Connect Server to handle all transfers in and out of the data portals .

With Aspera seamlessly integrated within the data portals, ESAC was able to configure the portal used by the general public to only allow downloads, while designating greater flexibility and two-way transfer capabilities for the private portal available to the consortium team members.

ESAC, Inc. was able to reduce data delivery times from days with physical shipping methods to hours or even minutes with Aspera. Plus, Aspera reduces program costs by allowing for unlimited free browser-based clients with the Aspera Connect Server, in addition to eliminating costly global shipping and handling of hard drives.

With built-in security features that include encryption in transit and at rest as well as data integrity verification for each transmitted block, Aspera provides secure transfers to and from the DCC, with no loss of content, so members of CPTAC can easily and efficiently exchange proteomics research with the entire consortium or privately amongst their own research groups.

 

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