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Ohio State and Moffitt form world's largest cancer research collaboration for big data
Date:5/30/2014

TAMPA, Fla., and COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 28, 2014) Two of North America's leading cancer centers, Moffitt Cancer Center and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James), today announced what is likely the largest collaboration of its kind to accelerate discoveries in cancer research.

Named the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN), the new partnership will launch with over 100,000 consented patients who have agreed to donate their tissue and clinical data for research to understand cancer at the molecular level. ORIEN will utilize a single protocol, Total Cancer Care, to create a collaborative, "rapid learning" environment that will share de-identified data to accelerate the development of targeted treatments, allowing researchers and clinicians to more quickly match eligible patients to clinical trials and conduct larger and richer analysis.

National System Long Overdue

Leaders of each cancer center emphasized ORIEN's goal to develop more precise ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat cancers.

"Cancer is a highly complex disease, and potential breakthroughs have been stalled because we've lacked an efficient way to share incremental insights," said Alan F. List, M.D., president and CEO of Moffitt. "Even more frustrating, until today we've had no system to quickly match cancer patients from anywhere in the country with ongoing clinical research with the most potential to help them," he said. "By partnering with The Ohio State University through ORIEN, we've built a cancer research expressway."

"With ORIEN, we're amassing a true national cancer database for the first time," said Michael Caligiuri, M.D., director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO of the James Cancer Hospital. "The collaboration across academic centers and with health care industry will not only hel
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Contact: Kim Polacek
Kim.Polacek@moffitt.org
813-745-7408
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Source:Eurekalert

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