The New Biology Film Receives Masters Series Award From CINE

Executive Producer and Creative Director Eric Schadt, PhD, was at the French Embassy in Washington D.C. May 9th to receive the award.

 – May 29, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

"The New Biology," a film on how improved technologies like gene sequencing and data analytics are helping a new generation of life sciences and biomedical researchers cure and track diseases, has received a Master Series Award.  The honor is given to the top film in the professional, non-telecast, non-fiction category by CINE, the prestigious institute dedicated to recognizing and fostering overall excellence in film and video.

Executive Producer and Creative Director Eric Schadt, PhD, a top genetics researcher and one of the foremost experts in computational biology, was at the French Embassy in Washington D.C. May 9th to receive the award, along with John Rubin, PhD, of John Rubin Productions, Inc. who also executive-produced the film. Dr. Schadt produced the film in his role as Chief Scientific Officer for Pacific Biosciences, provider of the PacBio® RS Single Molecule Real Time (SMRT®) sequencing system.

Dr. Schadt also recently became Director of the Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, initiating an alliance between PacBio and Mount Sinai that brings together the components required to fully realize the benefits of systems biology in a clinical research setting.

The 43-minute film has been posted on YouTube and can be seen in its entirety here:

The producers of "The New Biology" interviewed experts from around the globe to gather perspectives on how the field of study is evolving, from one where individual genes or data points are targeted as potential treatment targets for disease, to a more nuanced and holistic view that takes into account the highly interconnected nature of gene, protein and metabolite systems in the body.

One "new biologist" interviewed for the film likens these internal biological systems to a spider web, where pressure applied to one area of the web can be felt at all other points on the web. By leveraging the ability to amass large amounts of genetic data, along with the availability of enormous computing power to perform the complex mathematical modeling required to analyze that data, proponents of the new biology seek to understand how the various parts of that web interact with each other, and to usher in an era of precision medicine.

"You can’t understand a movie by looking at a single frame, just as you can’t understand human disease and how the body works by examining only a single dimension like DNA at a single snapshot in time," said Dr. Schadt. "The molecular, cellular, and organ components of a living system all affect each other in myriad ways, and by mapping the interactions of the many components at multiple scales we can truly progress in our understanding, and, most importantly, potentially cure patients.

"The hallmark of the new biology will be actionable results. Multiscale data integration, including genomic, expression, metabolite, protein, and clinical information, will ultimately define the future of patient care," said Dr. Schadt. "The questions include: how do we best exploit the massive amounts of data that are available and which will be more available as the cost of advanced technologies like genome sequencing continues to decline? How can we distill this information to some level of understanding that will genuinely improve the way we treat disease, grow food for an expanding population, and develop future medications?"

The Cine Master Series Award is the fourth award that "The New Biology" film has received. Others include the Cine Golden Eagle, a Special Jury Award from Cine, and the Award of the Student Jury at the Life Sciences Film Festival (Prague 2011).

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"The New Biology" was produced by John Rubin Productions, Inc., of Cambridge, MA for Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc.