SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - January 07, 2009) - Persistent Systems, one of the leading providers of Outsourced Product Development (OPD) services, announces
it has been named a cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid®
(caBIG®) Support Service Provider by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
caBIG Support Service Providers are independent entities that are approved
by NCI as meeting specific criteria for performance of support services
related to caBIG needs. Services rendered by caBIG Support Service
Providers to their clients are established under separate business
arrangements organized by and between the service provider and its clients.
Persistent Systems has a history of contribution to the development of
software for the caBIG program, a standards-based nationwide network that
provides a grid infrastructure, data repositories, interoperable software,
and policy guidelines to enable data sharing and collaboration across the
biomedical research community, with the goal of accelerating the
realization of personalized medicine.
The caBIG program has licensed Persistent as a part of its effort to
provide support for greater involvement and adoption by cancer centers,
hospitals and researchers nationwide. As one of the original industry
partners of caBIG, Persistent intimately understands the program's tools,
infrastructure and processes.
Persistent has been committed to the NCI caBIG program for several years,
investing more than 700 person-months in the development of seven different
caBIG applications and the customization of more than a dozen installations
of caTissue at institutions across
the US and Europe. Persistent has also been instrumental in delivering
caBIG support services to the cancer centers involved in the Pilot
Enterprise Adoption Program.
"The NCI's caBIG project is critical to accelerating cancer research," said
Dr. Rakesh Nagarajan, Assistant Professor, Pathology and Immunology and
Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics at Washington University.
"The information network brings the cancer community together like never
before, and has enabled us to share our informatics platforms and
applications with labs around the world."
Persistent is licensed as a caBIG Support Service Provider licensed in all
four categories of support: Help Desk Support; Adaptation and Enhancement
of caBIG-Compatible Software Applications; Deployment Support for caBIG
Software Applications; and Documentation and Training Materials and
Services. Persistent specializes in the following:
-- caTissue support services
-- caBIG application development and local customizations
-- Porting legacy non-caBIG applications to make them caBIG compatible
-- Deployment and maintenance of caBIG applications
-- Legacy data migration
-- Integration of caBIG applications with other IT systems
-- Onsite and webinar based demos and trainings
-- Development training materials like eLearning portals, user manuals
"The NCI has worked for four years under the premise that the right
software can overcome technological barriers contributing to the
information gap and help ease academic constraints," said Srikanth Adiga,
Director of caBIG competency, Persistent Systems. "We are very proud of our
engagement with caBIG and excited to be named as a caBIG support service
"Persistent will continue to combine its Life Sciences and technology
expertise to fuel widespread adoption of the caBIG applications, furthering
valuable cancer research and innovation," added Dr. Anand Deshpande, CEO of
For more information on Persistent caBIG competency, visit:
About Persistent Systems
Established in 1990, Persistent Systems is recognized as an award-winning
technology company specializing in outsourced software product development. With
4,000 employees, innovative business models, and reusable assets and
frameworks, Persistent helps its customers increase revenues and margins,
and enhance brand value. Persistent Systems has delivered over 2,000
software product releases to their 170+ customers in the last five years.
It has developed proven processes for the entire product lifecycle which
reduce time to market while delivering consistent quality and customer
satisfaction -- as evidenced by customer partnerships that span many