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IBM, Texas Research Center Build Watson Cancer Data Analysis Prototype

Partnership Goals Include Cognitive Computing

IBM and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have developed a prototype technology based on the Watson supercomputer that works to help oncologists learn about patients by using research databases.

The Oncology Expert Advisor works to use Watson’s cognitive computing techniques to make sense of big data while aiming to draw inferences and theories, IBM said Friday.

MD Anderson intends for clinicians to access the tool via a computer interface, tablet or smartphone.

“By helping researchers and physicians understand the meaning behind each other’s data, we can empower researchers with evidence to advance novel discoveries while helping enable physicians to make the best treatment choices or place patients in the right clinical trials,” said Manoj Saxena, general manager for IBM Watson Solutions.

The center will first use the platform for its research and patient data warehouse on leukemia with the goal of developing and fine-tuning standards of care and treatment plans.

According to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, almost one in three cancer deaths in the zero-to-15 year age group are caused by leukemia.

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Tim Watson supervises all media production at Executive Mosaic, a digital media company that provides insight, information and analysis on several industries, including government contracting.

He previously produced byline coverage with the economics team at USA Today and evaluated lending proposals for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Tim was born and raised in Washington, DC and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business-Journalism from Washington and Lee University and a certificate in budgeting and finance from Georgetown University's School of Continuing Professional Education.