Feeds

Google points big data dollars at cancer

Chocolate Factory shopping trip also includes cloud monitor Stackdriver

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

While IBM merely wants to sell stuff to the more esoteric reaches of medical research, Google has stuck a multi-million-dollar toe in the water in its own right, leading a funding round for an outfit called Flatiron Health.

In the kind of phrase that only the tech industry could contemplate without a double-take, Forbes describes the target of a $US130-million funding round led by Google Ventures as “an oncology platform founded by two ad-tech veterans”.

Those individuals were Nathaniel Turner and Zach Weinberg, who sold their ad company Invite Media to Google in 2010, and say they became interested in an oncology platform based on their experience with family members and friends suffering cancer.

Flatiron aggregates cancer patient data and runs the big-data slide-rule over it. The company argues that the unstructured data created by doctors treating patients represents a huge dataset that's not captured by clinical trials – and this can help improve treatments both at the aggregate level and for individuals.

Other participants in the funding round included First Round Capital, Laboratory Corporation of America, and various angel investors. The Wall Street Journal says some of the money will be spent to buy medical records company Altos Solutions – helping to populate the Flatiron database.

The Journal says the Flatiron datasets include “clinical and genomic data, information on patient outcomes, doctors’ notes, billing information and other data.” The resulting analysis helps oncologists choose treatments based on patients' outcomes beyond their own experience.

It's not Google's only shopping trip this week: the Chocolate Factory also slurped cloud monitoring outfit Stackdriver, which provides what it calls “full stack cloud-native” monitoring of cloud services such as Amazon Web Services.

Stackdriver claims to reveal issues such as host contention, provider throttling, or degraded hardware, and helps users work out how to optimise their cloud environment. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'
PM urged to 'prioritise issue' after Facebook hindsight find
Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned
Swedish court rules there's 'great risk' WikiLeaker will dodge prosecution
NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators
Democrats needed just TWO more votes to keep alive bill reining in some surveillance
'Internet Freedom Panel' to keep web overlord ICANN out of Russian hands – new proposal
Come back with our internet! cries Republican drawing up bill
What a Mesa: Apple vows to re-use titsup GT sapphire glass plant
Commits to American manufacturing ... of secret tech
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.