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Darren Platt shares the story of a biotech platform developed using F# that oversees millions of liquid transfers and leads to a (living!) end product that manufactures the active ingredients of the Cannabis plant.
Biotech is a broad and demanding field for software development. It combines a messy domain, rapidly changing requirements and brutal timelines for software development that stress the software development life cycle. In the middle of this controlled software explosion, we have developed a platform using F# starting from a compiler that targets life itself, through to data management systems overseeing millions of liquid transfers a year. The end product of the lab engineering is a living organism (yeast based) that can manufacture the active ingredients in the Cannabis plant via fermentation. This talk will give a user-focused view into the types of problems we have to solve, and why F# and Fable have been good companions on this journey. Also why you don't want to be the only BASIC programming in a lab full of roaming monsters.
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F# for Biotech — Stranger Things edition
Darren Platt (President and BIO at Demetrix) has 25 years working on biotech projects (15 years with F#), including the Human Genome Project, 23andMe and 12 years in the Synthetic Biology field. Darren is responsible for the software platform Demetrix uses to design, build and test microorganisms for production of Cannabinoids.