By Sarah Jeffery
Dotmatics, a scientific informatics software and services company that is driving the automation of laboratory data workflows for scientific discovery and innovation research, today announced that the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has named Charles Fracchia, Founder of Dotmatics BioBright, to its Information Science and Technology (ISAT) Study Group for a three-year term beginning this summer.
The group brings 30 of the brightest scientists and engineers together to identify new areas of development in computer and communication technologies, and to recommend future research directions. The ISAT Study Group was established by DARPA in 1987 to support its technology offices and provide continuing and independent assessment of the state of advanced information science and technology as it relates to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Charles Fracchia is the Founder of Boston-based BioBright which in 2020 became part of Dotmatics. Charles is dedicated to creating the smart laboratory of the future driven by the move to datacentric research, crucially underpinned by data security. He received his graduate education between the MIT Media Lab and Harvard Medical School and obtained his bachelor’s degree from Imperial College London. Charles gained critical experience from his work at IBM Research and Ginkgo Bioworks where he operated at the intersection of biomedical research and computer science. He has been a speaker at a number of technical and policy venues including the White House, MIT Sloan, NASA Ames, IBM Research, Airbus, O’Reilly, the OECD and SciFoo.
Charles was named one of 35 innovators under 35 by the MIT Technology Review 2016 and is the recipient of several awards including two IBM PhD fellowships, an Extraordinary Minds fellowship, one of the first Awesome Foundation fellowships and Amplify Partners fellowship.