A Cisco business unit will help a university build a cloud computing infrastructure for biomedical research that intends to help facilitate collaborations between industry, academia and government.
Cisco Canada will contribute $2.1 million to McMaster University, with $1.6 million targeted for a health biosystems professorship over eight years and $500,000 to fund a bioinformatics research chair program for five years, the company said Wednesday.
Both programs intend for researchers to integrate large amounts of data from clinical trials and patient feedback.
Nitin Kawale, Cisco Canada president, said the partnership aims to help the Hamilton, Ontario-based university manage big data and study how people connect with others and devices.
“Living in an increasingly connected world brings certain challenges to researchers in terms of managing vast amounts of data and making it easily accessible to the right people for maximum benefit,” Kawale said.
The university-wide infrastructure is meant to provide research data and analysis to faculty members, as well as to help them access technology and share information.