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IBM and EU Partners Create a Better Way to Fight AIDS Virus
Date:6/2/2009

EuResist HIV Treatment Prediction Tool Wins Top Honors in Computerworld Honors Program

WASHINGTON, June 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it was selected for its contributions to the EuResist research project for AIDS treatment as a Computerworld Honors Program Laureate for 2009.

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Developed by IBM researchers in Haifa, Israel, the project's new technologies and mathematical models are providing a smarter and more efficient way to choose the best drugs combinations for any given HIV genetic variant. EuResist is a powerful online system that helps doctors choose the treatment with the highest probability of halting virus replication and impairing evolution of drug resistance.

Although there have been tremendous leaps and bounds in the management of the virus that causes AIDS, HIV has the ability to develop resistance to any antiretroviral compound. This means that doctors need to continuously monitor and prescribe new therapies for the treatment to remain effective. Keeping HIV under control is dependant on choosing the right combination of drugs that work for the longest period of time.

EuResist is the first and only freely available data-driven computational method that predicts the success of a treatment regimen against any given HIV genotype, based not only on viral genotype information, but using analytic technologies to take into account treatment response information fr
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