Northrop Wins NIH Bionformatics, Data Collection IT Contract; Amy Caro Comments

Amy Caro, Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman has won a five-year contract from the National Institutes of Health to provide the agency information technology support for a bioinformatics and data collection program, the company announced Friday.

The Bioinformatics Integration Support Contract is potentially worth $30 million and was awarded by NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases through a recompete of a contract the company has held since 2004.

“Our team will support basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose and treat infectious, immunological and allergic diseases,” said Amy Caro, Northrop’s vice president for healthcare information technology programs.

Research work involves collecting, analyzing and exchanging scientific data for science researchers investigating immunology and immune-mediated diseases.

Work will primarily occur in Rockville, Md. and Northrop’s partners are the Stanford University School of Medicine and E-SAC Inc.

According to the company, the BISC contract supports the ImmPort website and development of methods for data collection, storage, exchange and interoperability.

In May, the company helped the Defense Department release an open source version of the military’s electronic health record software (click here to read Caro’s comment on industry impact).

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