Life Sciences

Data drives innovation in the life sciences. Collaborative teams in biomedical research, pharmacology, academia, government and national laboratories need to quickly and efficiently exchange and process vast amounts of data. New research technologies – in particular, next-generation genomic sequencing – create tens of gigabytes of data for each experimental run. Supporting the movement of these huge data sets, Aspera software provides breakthrough high-speed file transfer across the globe for projects such as 1000 Genomes, which serves up vast public databases for the study of human genomic variation, and BGI’s “EasyGenomics” cloud-based bioinformatics solution. Scientific users enjoy familiar Unix-style interfaces, embeddable APIs and user-friendly web and desktop GUIs.


Connect disparate internal and external research information - and the people behind it.


Swiftly communicate, collaborate, and analyze data with commercial and academic research partners.


Quickly and securely share large data set results with your global partners.


Increase researcher productivity, improve efficiency, and lower costs, accelerating time to market.


Global Research Data Contribution

As part of the 1000 Genomes Project, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) of the National Institute of Health (NIH) exchanges sequencing data at a rate close to 1 Gbps with the European Bioinformatics Institute using Aspera software — allowing genomic sequences to be exchanged globally at maximum speed. Before using Aspera, the transfers achieved only about 20 Mbps on the same network infrastructure. NCBI/NIH expects to support over 1,000 users globally with their Aspera-enabled transfer infrastructure.

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High-speed Archival

Providing the fastest data transport solution between remote sites, Aspera software is perfectly tailored to provide automated, high-performance data backups and archival for the large volumes of data generated by companies and organizations in life sciences.

Transport Integration

Scientific hardware devices, including genome sequencers, generate huge data sets that need to be moved for further processing and archived. With its easily embeddable, high-speed transfer technology, Aspera is the ideal choice for manufacturers to enhance their offering with superior transport capabilities and better address the requirements of their life sciences customers.

Cloud-based Bioinformatics

Handling the tremendous amount of data generated by next-generation sequencing (NGS) has become one of the biggest obstacles to fully utilizing this technology. Cloud-bases solutions with high-speed transfers powered by Aspera On Demand such as BGI’s EasyGenomics, provide scientists with high-speed data exchange, easy data and resource management, and point-to-click data analysis workflows, including whole genome resequencing, targeted resequencing, RNA-Seq, small RNA and De novo assembly.


  • Enable geographically distributed collaborative teams to exchange huge data sets at maximum speed, regardless of distance and network conditions.
  • Utilize proven, secure and reliable transfer technology, widely adopted by government agencies and throughout many industries for business-critical data movement.
  • Integrate superior transport capabilities into your systems, services and hardware devices via industry-leading open APIs.

READY TO SPEED UP research DATA exchange?

Aspera software can help you address the challenges associated with sharing extremely large data sets. Experience our next-generation data transfer solutions by contacting the Aspera sales team and requesting your free software evaluation today.

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“Aspera is the industry standard for the transport and management of large data files produced by life sciences."Sifei He, Cloud Product Director at BGI

“With Aspera we are able to consistently transfer at our full available bandwidth of 1Gbps while respecting other important Internet traffic. And... our researchers are able to immediately move data online without a great deal of training.” Professor Toshihisa Takagi at NIG’s DNA Data Bank of Japan