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Why Life Science Orgs Trust the Filecoin Network

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Why Life Science Orgs Trust the Filecoin Network

The Filecoin network provides the life science industry with the critical storage infrastructure it needs to give researchers better access to open data. Today, the network stores critical scientific information, like large genomic, geospatial, satellite, and climate datasets, from institutions like the University of Maryland, the University of Utah, Berkeley’s Underground Physics Group, and the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. Organizations like DeSci Labs are tackling the 'Replication Crisis' by building tools and infrastructure that make reproducible science with low barriers to access a reality. At SynBioBeta 2023, a leading synthetic biology conference, Filecoin DeStor engaged attendees about the benefits of decentralized storage and why Filecoin is an ideal data repository for federally funded research. Looking ahead, storing scientific data could open up new opportunities for healthcare researchers around the world.

How it works:

The organizations comprising the life sciences industry research, develop, and manufacture pharmaceuticals, medicine, food, and other advancements that improve human life.

One of the biggest constants of all this innovation — a lot of data. This data powers further research and development and is leveraged by scientists to generate new insights and lead to tangible results, like new, life-saving medicine.

The Filecoin network helps ensure that life science data is stored reliably and safely.

More, Filecoin’s distributed network allows life science organizations to share data scalably across communities. It also reduces the risk of data loss or failure, as information is not stored in a single, centralized location.

Zoom In:

Take GenRAIT, a life science organization entrusting the Filecoin network to host over 100 terabytes of genomics research data, making it more available for scientists and researchers to put it into action.

With an estimated 40 billion gigabytes of genomic data generated every year, scientists face two big challenges:

  • Reliably storing vast amounts of data is expensive.

  • Researchers say they are spending 80% of their time “wrangling” data and only 20% actually using it to drive innovation.

Working with the Filecoin network helps GenRAIT solve these problems.

Filecoin’s distributed storage network is substantially more cost-effective than traditional cloud storage providers, especially when it comes to storing vast amounts of data. Also, its use of content addressing allows for easy retrieval and verification of data (aka, a reduction in “data wrangling.”)

We see solutions like Filecoin as groundbreaking for scaling the storage of large data files like the human genome.

Taylor Capito, Co-founder, GenRAIT

Go Deeper:

GenRAIT is a platform that puts the data, tools, and architecture scientists need at their fingertips in order to analyze genomic information, make scientific breakthroughs, and experiment at scale.

By opening the door to wider access to genomic data, GenRAIT is unlocking the future of personalized medicine and well-being.


Reconnect in the beautiful redwood forest while you receive an immersive education on the decentralized web. That and more at DWeb Camp 2023, sponsored by Filecoin Foundation, June 21-25.

Foster an in-depth understanding of the relationship between decentralized apps and the infrastructure that supports them at the Web3 Infrastructure Summit, supported by Filecoin Foundation, on June 15 in London.

Get ready for FIL Paris, hosted during EthCC by multiple ecosystem organizations across several venues in Paris, July 15-20. Filecoin Foundation is bringing together developers, storage providers, clients, and ecosystem partners for programming and networking throughout the week. Schedule of events below (and growing):

  • July 15 to July 16 - Funding the Commons

  • July 16 to July 21 - Launchpad Summit

  • July 18 to July 20 - FIL Paris Network Base hosted by Filecoin Foundation

  • July 18 - Filecoin Unleashed

  • July 18 - Launchpad Social at the FIL Paris Network Base

  • July 19 - CryptoEconDay at the FIL Paris Network Base

FIL-ing cabinet

Fil+ is onboarding nearly 5 pebibytes (PiB) of data daily. In data terms, that’s roughly equivalent to the entire genomes of about 25,000 people or 1 billion photos onboarded to the network every single day.

We are closing in on 1 Exbibyte (EiB) of total Fil+ deals.

  • 1 Exbibyte = 1024 Pebibytes

  • That's more than 76,000 years of continuous HD video!

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Are you ready to get started with Spritely Goblins? Check out Pan Chasinga's tutorial on how to build with Goblins: a library for building distributed, peer-to-peer applications in Racket and Guile, and a part of Spritely's ecosystem.

Do you have an idea for pushing the Filecoin ecosystem forward? Visit the Open Developer Grants GitHub to learn more about the available opportunities in our four featured categories:

  • Developer and Data Tooling: Projects that close important experience gaps for developers or large dataset users.

  • Applications: Projects that apply Filecoin, IPFS, or related technologies in novel ways to solve meaningful, real-world problems.

  • Integrations: Projects that add integration or support for Filecoin, IPFS, or related technologies into popular, or fast-growing, existing tools and developer communities in Web2 or Web3.

  • Research and Protocols: Projects aimed at improving the foundations of Filecoin, IPFS, and related technologies.


The nv20 "Thunder" Upgrade landed on May 18! Nv20 "Thunder" is the second half of a two-part upgrade required for FIP0061, which introduced a new proof type in nv19 "Lightning.” The nv20 upgrade is a ghost upgrade, requiring no code changes or SP upgrades, since it marks the point where the old proof type will no longer be accepted. Read more.

Don't miss the next open Community Governance Call on June 26! Dive into protocol updates, governance best practices, and Filecoin Improvement Proposals (FIPs) with the FF Governance team - no technical experience necessary. Join the conversation with other Fil-Gov enthusiasts on Slack and Twitter!