The iReceptor Plus project aims to build a common scalable platform to integrate distributed repositories of AIRR-seq data. This will enable improved personalized medicine and immunotherapy for diseases with an immune component, including cancer, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, allergies and infectious diseases.
The iReceptor Plus Platform will be community-driven and implements the vision of a Data Commons as developed by the Adaptive Immune Receptor Repertoire (AIRR) Community.
The iReceptor Plus project intends to build a platform for the federated exploration and analysis of distributed repositories of AIRR-seq data and associated metadata that adhere to the AIRR Community standards and protocols for generating, analyzing, depositing, exploring, and sharing such data.
The innovative platform will be based on the existing iReceptor platform developed at Simon Fraser University, Canada, an iReceptor Plus partner.
iReceptor Plus will be designed as a network of federated repositories (an AIRR Data Commons) which facilitates data queries and advanced analyses through easy-to-use web portals (e.g., the iReceptor Plus Scientific Gateway).
Solutions addressing data privacy and ownership are an integral component of the iReceptor Plus project. The distributed, federated architecture is central to this approach, as it allows each institution to maintain control over its data and stay compliant with local legislation.
iReceptor Plus will also integrate relevant non-AIRR-seq data – both clinical and biological – to allow the analysis of global interactions within the immune system and in its environment.
The project embraces free and open software, enabling the research community to extend and adapt the tools and technologies utilized within the project. Widespread adoption of the iReceptor Plus platform will support biomedical research and improve patient care worldwide.