Last week, a not-for-profit alliance of life sciences industries firms announced an expansion of its blockchain project to improve data sharing, data identity and data integrity in the life sciences industry, with an emphasis on validating the sources identifying the data, ensuring the integrity of the data, and improving data sharing within and between organizations. In another recent announcement, a partnership between one of the world's leading research-driven pharmaceutical companies and the Canadian subsidiary of a multinational information technology company will use blockchain technology in a clinical setting for the first time in Canada. The partnership aims to tackle issues with quality assurance and erroneous and incomplete records in clinical trials.

A recent Wired article reported on an emerging blockchain solution aimed at combating video manipulation. Amber Authenticate is a software solution that runs in the background as a device, such as a CCTV or police body camera, captures video. The software periodically generates hashes of the video content that can be stored on the Ethereum blockchain in order to detect changes to a video record. The solution is drawing interest from human rights activists, free speech advocates, and law enforcement and government agencies, including the DoD and DHS.

In other enterprise news, a multinational South Korean electronics company recently announced new technology that promises to speed up blockchain transactions and is offering developers tools to help test and expand the technology. And the enterprise data warehouse managed by a leading U.S. technology and cloud-services provider is expanding its blockchain offerings by adding data sets for six new cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin Cash, Dash, Dogecoin, Ethereum Classic, Litecoin and zCash. The service is offering new scripts that allow for comparative analysis and integration with other financial data management systems.

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