Companies Affiliated With Cancer Moonshot Initiative May Use Tamr’s Data Preparation Platform to Accelerate Analysis of Clinical Research Data
CAMBRIDGE, MA–(Marketwired – Mar 22, 2016) – Tamr, Inc. today announced that it will extend its next-generation data preparation platform and data science expertise to assist researchers affiliated with the White House’s Cancer Moonshot Task Force. The Task Force, led by Vice President Joe Biden, seeks to double the rate of progress in the fight against cancer by clearing out many of the bureaucratic hurdles that stand in the way of scientific research.
According to Vice President Biden, one of the biggest challenges impeding this progress is the siloed nature of clinical data. Genetic history, medical records and tissue bank data is often not shared amongst scientists, researchers and oncologists, leading to lengthy delays in researching potential cures. Further, even if this data is accessible to the wider scientific community, the sheer variety of formats and standards often limit its immediate usefulness.
Tamr’s combination of machine learning software and data science expertise enables it to rapidly accelerate the organization, integration and preparation of these massive, diverse data sets, clearing the way for the broader the scientific community to begin sharing and tapping into this treasure trove of information. As part of the offer, organizations affiliated with the Moonshot Task Force may apply for a free license of Tamr’s software, as well as tap the experience of Tamr’s data scientists.
“The volume and variety of shared ‘big cancer data’ may be the Moonshot’s most valuable asset — and its biggest challenge,” said Nidhi Aggarwal, Head of Product and Strategy at Tamr. “Moonshot organizations will need help preparing and unifying all of this shared data for analysis. This is what we do at Tamr. We’d be honored to lend Tamr’s resources to the the task force’s mission to ‘to end cancer as we know it.'”
About Tamr, Inc.
Tamr, Inc. simplifies and automates data preparation for spend analytics, clinical data integration and other business problems, so businesses can ask big questions and get to business insights faster. The Tamr platform combines human insight with machine learning algorithms to unify and prepare data across data silos for analytics. Tamr customers include Amgen, Biogen Idec, General Electric, Novartis, Roche, Thomson Reuters and Toyota Motors Europe. Based in Cambridge, Mass., Tamr was founded in 2013 by database industry veterans Andy Palmer, Mike Stonebraker and Ihab Ilyas with George Beskales, Daniel Bruckner and Alex Pagan.