Biomedical Research Informatics Computing System

Transforming research through collaboration, the Biomedical Research Informatics Computing System (BRICS) is a collaborative and extensible web-based bioinformatics platform that supports the sharing of data across research studies and clinical trials. A collaborative effort between industry and government, the BRICS platform is accelerating research efforts worldwide.


The BRICS modules provide access to clinical, imaging, genomics and biological data for researchers and clinicians looking to improve health outcomes. Perhaps the only plug-and-play, service-centric, and disease agnostic system supporting the end to end research cycle, BRICS can be adopted as the foundation for various types of research. 

Through the BRICS platform, data can be shared, analyzed, aggregated, integrated, and compared across research institutions and studies. These direct connections create the basis for a vast network of knowledge, allowing researchers to make new discoveries, explore new research questions, expedite the distribution of their findings, and further aims to identify methods of disease prevention, treatment and eradication. 

The BRICS Platform at Work

BRICS is utilized today within several prominent federal research communities. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense (DoD) have leveraged the BRICS technology for custom applications that support global research efforts related to Parkinson’s Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, ocular diseases and other rare diseases that are being researched around the world. 

Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Although traumatic brain injury (TBI) it is the leading cause of death and disability in patients under the age of 44, there are still many critical gaps in our understanding of its diagnosis and treatment. The Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Research (FITBIR) platform is meeting the need to standardize, share, and disseminate data across research studies and institutions to accelerate discovery.

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Parkinson's Disease Biomarker Program, Data Management Resource

The Parkinson’s Disease Biomarker Program Data Management Resource (PDBP DMR) platform is a centralized data repository and a united foundation for research related to Parkinson’s Disease. With greater efficiencies and collaboration, the program is shedding new light on the causes of the disease. 

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National Ophthalmic Disease Genotyping and Phenotyping Network

Targeting research and advancements in ocular disease, BRICS is now being adopted as the foundation for the National Ophthalmic Disease Genotyping and Phenotyping Network (eyeGENE). Implementation will allow researchers to maximize the potential of existing data while enabling new direction to accelerate discovery.



Our Experts

Prasad Bhalero, Federal Health Director
Prasad has over 18 years of experience in strategic planning and execution, IT portfolio management, program management, enterprise architecture, custom and packaged application development. He is part of the Health leadership at Sapient and responsible delivering bio-informatics and high performance computing solutions at National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is passionate about developing solutions for researchers to accelerate scientific discoveries.

Alison Garcia, Life Sciences Expert
With over 16 years of experience supporting the Federal Government as a biomedical research analyst, Alison understands how the convergence of technology, bioinformatics, and life sciences is changing the future of health.  From determining business, client, and end user needs, to improving business systems and processes as a creative problem solver, she consistently delivers executable solutions. Alison has a unique scope and depth of experience coupled with an unwavering commitment to quality and client satisfaction effectively executing mission needs while managing diverse stakeholders.

Barry Landin, Technology Lead
Barry leads solution architecture for several of Sapient’s government research data collaboration programs. With a network of community engagements in data science and 15 years driving technical solutions, Barry helps clients stay connected to digital trends, make informed decisions, strengthen relationships and establish new business partnerships within Federal health agencies, universities and private health research organizations.

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BRICS is part of the NIH Center for Information Technology (CIT). Contact us for more information on BRICS and opportunities for customization.
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