Industrial fermentation plays an important role in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Due to their complex bioprocesses, fermentations are difficult to control and optimize. A wealth of parameters are measured online during fermentation or retrieved by the analysis of drawn samples. In order to gain deeper insight into the fermentation bioprocesses, large scale -omics experiments are conducted, where Microarray and qPCR technologies are frequently used to study gene expressions levels.
Prometheus is a versatile software platform for the storage, management, and analysis of fermentation data. The multi application system allows storing of arbitrary online and offline parameters and supports gene expression studies by including existing applications for microarray and qPCR analysis. The newly developed application Prometheus features data import, runtime chart generation, data statistics, and a versatile data export mechanism. The platform can be accessed using a web browser and exposes many functions as a web service. The complete system is protected by a user management system providing single sign on and fine grained data sharing mechanisms.