NCT Heidelberg Honored with SAP for Genomics Advances in U.S. Federal Big Data Initiatives

Posted by Jacqueline Vanacek on February 13, 2014

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Biomedical researchers, health care professionals and patients are generating huge amounts of data from an array of devices such as genomic sequencing machines, high-resolution medical imagers, electronic health records, and smart phone applications that monitor patient health. The ability to visualize, manipulate, and mine Big Data provides opportunities to enhance our understanding of disease onset and progression, identify new therapeutic avenues, and speed the translation of new discoveries into improved health and health care.

I want to thank SAP, Stanford University and the National Center for Tumor Diseases in Heidelberg for their initiative to accelerate real-time personalized medicine from the bench to the bedside.”
Deputy Director Thomas A. Kalil, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

At the February 12 celebration at the SAP Innovation Center in Potsdam, Germany, it was with great pleasure that SAP presented to Professor Dr. Christof von Kalle, Head of National Center for Tumor Diseases Heidelberg, Germany, the plaque we received for NCT at the 2013 U.S. Federal Big Data R&D Initiatives.

In November 2013, SAP’s collaborations with Stanford University and the National Center for Tumor Diseases to develop the SAP HANA Platform for healthcare were recognized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), National Science Foundation (NSF) and Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) agency, for our initiative to accelerate real-time genomics-based medicine.

NCT’s work with SAP HANA in clinical care emphasizes how to securely analyze clinical and genomic data in real-time for patient breakthroughs in cancer diagnostics and treatment options.


I had spoken with Deputy Director Kalil prior to the event and am delighted to share his thanks as well.

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Dr. Vishal Sikka (right), member of the Executive Board of SAP AG offers the plaque to Professor Dr. Christof von Kalle (left), Head of National Center for Tumor Diseases Heidelberg, Germany.

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