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Aurora Health Care Unveils ORBIT, A Cutting-Edge Research Instrument
Date:4/20/2009

ug in the same way. Some chemotherapy drugs, for instance, help only 30 percent of breast cancer patients. ORBIT would give researchers the ability to look at how a patient's age, gender, race, weight, medical history and genetic markers contribute to a drug's usefulness, with the ultimate goal of learning how to find the right therapy, at the right place at the right time.

"By evaluating all these factors, ideally it will be possible to create a formula to determine which drug, at what dose, would be right for each patient," says Matthew Tector, Ph.D., ORBIT's director. "We hope to improve patient care by supporting health care research with this repository.

Aurora Health Care sees 1.8 million patients a year and serves some of the most diverse communities in Wisconsin. At Aurora St. Luke's, more than 70 percent of patients have agreed to participate, which puts the program on pace to becoming one of the largest, most diverse biorepositories in the world.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers care at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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