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Supercomputer speeds up cancer analysis

InformationWeek, October 15, 2012

Researchers have found a way to do the genomic analysis of a cancer tumor, a process that once took 8 weeks, in just 47 seconds per patient. The news could for the first time give oncologists critical information about the cancer they are going to treat before they begin treatment. "We have quietly amassed the largest collection of cancer genomes in the nation," Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, chairman of NantHealth and the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Advanced Health, said at a press event. Soon-Shiong told the audience that the supercomputer took approximately six years to develop and will provide thousands of oncology practices with life-saving information.