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German Cancer Research Center Tackles Cancer With Datameer Modern BI Platform
Upcoming Webinar Delves Into How Self-Service Big Data Analytics Helps Researchers Understand the Mechanisms of Cancer, Identify Risk Factors and Develop Effective Prevention
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, June 21, 2016 – Cancer is responsible for the early deaths of millions of people worldwide each year. In Germany alone, more than 450,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year. The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), the largest biomedical research institute in Germany, collaborated with Datameer and Fujitsu to deploy Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX Integrated System for Hadoop, a powerful and scalable server cluster that integrates Datameer’s analytic platform. On July 14, Datameer will host a free webinar with Fujitsu to share how self-service analytics played a crucial role in identifying common triggers and indicators relevant to cancer.
In the webinar, Fujitsu will detail the huge challenges DKFZ faced in analyzing the petabytes of patient data that is critical to understanding genetic variants in human DNA and cancer cells. The human genome has three billion base pairs and with thousands of patients, oversampling factors of up to 100 and several tissue samples per patient, its analytic systems were overwhelmed. Traditional HPC clusters encountered data reduction issues and resulted in weeks, or even months of analysis.
“The combination of Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX for Hadoop and Datameer is providing researchers at the German Cancer Research Center a fresh platform that can process the huge amounts of genomic data more efficiently and also present it in a way that is usable to everyone,” said Fujitsu’s Head of Big Data Competence Center and Distinguished Engineer Dr. Fritz Schinkel. “By simplifying data analysis and speeding up processing times, the DKFZ can better understand how cancer operates and how it can be stopped.”
In a remarkable breakthrough for genomic analysis and personalized medicine, researchers can now quickly analyze the complete, raw genomic data sets of multiple patients in parallel thanks to the power and scalability of Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX Integrated System for Hadoop. Datameer’s spreadsheet-like interface allows researchers without programming knowledge to analyze the data directly, while its Flipside functionality enables visual data profiling throughout the entire big data analytics workflow.
“I know I am not alone when I say that I’ve been deeply impacted by cancer,” said Stefan Groschupf, CEO of Datameer. “We’ve all lost, or know someone who has lost a loved one to cancer, and this just has to stop. Data is the answer, and we’ve known that for some time, but the technology hadn’t evolved to where it needed to be, until recently. In this context, DKFZ is at the cutting edge. They’re making the breakthroughs we need to open the floodgates on cancer research, and we’re incredibly honored to be a contributing partner in these developments that can truly make the difference in someone’s life.”
Webinar attendees will learn how healthcare, biotech and government health organizations can vastly speed their genomic analysis and research with data analytics. Specifically, DKFZ is discerning DNA problems that are the root cause of cancer in an individual – information that can be used to personalize cancer treatment, understand the genetic evolution of disease and monitor patient responses to different treatments to better understand their effectiveness.
For more information, please register for our upcoming U.S. or EMEA webinar hosted by Datameer and Fujitsu on July 14, 2016.