Bionetworks is a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit biomedical research organization created to address how researchers approach the complexity of human biological information and the treatment of disease.
Sage Bionetworks’ mission has three interdependent themes:
- Research - including innovations in innovative network models of disease
- Commons - including the development of a platform for sharing global coherent datasets and computational models
- Partnerships - Sage Bionetworks works through an increasing number of private and public sector partners including the National Cancer Institute and pharmaceutical corporations
Our strategy is driven by two recent trends in biomedical research:
- The exponential increase in the quantity of molecular and genetic information without concomitant advances in the understanding of biology or disease, and;
- The need to develop and validate computational methods for integrating massive molecular and clinical datasets obtained across sizable populations into predictive disease models that can acurately recapitulate complex biological systems.
These problems are compounded by current practices for sharing datasets as well as the large scale of data and computational capacity required to construct useful integrated genomic models of networks and systems.
Sage Bionetworks was formed as a strategic nonprofit research organization with a mission to coordinate and link academic and commercial biomedical researchers through a Commons that represents a new paradigm for genomics intellectual property, researcher cooperation, and contributor-evolved resources.
We are located on the campus of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington and are supported through a portfolio of competitive research grants, commercial partnerships and philanthropic donations. Sage Bionetworks’ web site has further information on programs, activities, research resources, and career opportunities.