SAP, Stanford and NCT Honored By the White House for Accelerating Real-Time Personalized Medicine

Posted by Jacqueline Vanacek on November 13, 2013

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I was deeply honored to accept a special recognition from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) for SAP’s genomics collaborations with the Stanford School of Medicine and National Center for Tumor Diseases (Heidelberg) to accelerate personalized medicine.


Dr. George O. Strawn, Director NITRD; Jacqueline Vanacek, Vice President SAP; Thomas A. Kalil, Deputy Director White House OSTP; Farnam Jahanian, Assistant Director NSF; Dr. Euan Ashley, Stanford

In 2012, President Obama sponsored the first U.S. Federal Big Data R&D Initiatives, investing $200M for 6 Federal Agencies to greatly improve Big Data tools and technologies needed for “scientific discovery, environmental and biomedical research, education, and national security.”

This year, the Big Data Initiatives emphasized “Data to Knowledge to Action.” Along with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD), the White House (OSTP) honored new and “inspiring collaborations” between industry, academia, Federal agencies and non-profits who are plumbing “huge data sets that derive greater value for American consumers and grow the Nation’s economy.”

The SAP, Stanford and NCT collaborations around the HANA Platform for healthcare were highlighted as an important milestone for enabling researchers, clinicians, hospitals and payers to integrate and interpret biological, lifestyle and clinical data to

  • guide decisions for patients regarding diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease, and
  • map drug development to the biology of disease.

In the collaboration with Carlos D. Bustamante’s lab at the Stanford School of Medicine, researchers are using the SAP HANA Platform for healthcare for real-time analytics to uncover genetic variants that contribute to population health and disease.

In clinical care, SAP and the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) in Heidelberg, Germany are piloting a Medical Explorer tool based on SAP HANA.

We are very grateful to be honored in such a prominent White House-sponsored event, delighted that Dr. Euan Ashley from Stanford could attend with us and most importantly – to be recognized in this very special year – the 10th Anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project!

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