Pluto Biosciences has launched a cloud-based, collaborative life sciences platform that leverages technology developed at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. The Pluto platform simplifies secure, collaborative data sharing and bioinformatics analysis for academic, biotech, and pharmaceutical organisations.
The Pluto platform was built to be a comprehensive digital lab space for life sciences teams of all sizes, enabling them to perform research more efficiently while reducing the need for multiple digital communication and project management tools to make scientific discoveries.
Pluto’s browser-based interface allows users to upload raw data from a wide variety of biological assays, including genomics, transcriptomics, and other “-omics” data, in addition to data from lower-throughput experiments, imaging studies, and more. Pluto analyses these experiments and delivers interactive, customisable, high-quality plots with no coding necessary. Users can also read data from Pluto programmatically, enabling them to perform any of their own bioinformatics analyses from a single source of truth.
Raw data, experimental results, accompanying protocols, and other relevant files can be shared easily and securely among collaborators. Once finalised, results can be published in a format that is searchable, end-to-end reproducible, and accessible worldwide. Labs can also compare their results with the latest published research. Pluto plans to release its collection of more than 10,000 public experiments to users for free by the end of September.
With a lab’s experiments organised in Pluto, the platform allows researchers to assign tasks to other team members and also tracks and reports lab productivity by project or funding source so that research teams can make data-driven decisions to hit upcoming milestones. These features empower teams to run projects efficiently and test more hypotheses to make new discoveries faster than ever before.
“Our interdisciplinary team developed Pluto to streamline the aspects of scientific collaboration and biological data analysis that are especially challenging, but that are critical when researching complex problems in life sciences, by creating a platform that brings together collaborators with different areas of expertise,” said Rani Powers, Founder and CEO of Pluto Biosciences. “We are grateful to the Wyss Institute for their support, thought-leadership, and innovation in this area. Together, we’re proud to bring Pluto to market with the mission of significantly impacting the speed at which new discoveries can be made.”