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Belong partners with American Cancer Society to help beat cancer with AI

 Belong partners with American Cancer Society to help beat cancer with AI

In the battle against cancer, access to high-quality information, data, and assistance are invaluable.

Today, Belong: Beating Cancer Together — whose app connects patients to public and private chats with doctors and professionals — has announced a partnership with the American Cancer Society. The partnership adds a closed forum for American Cancer Society members, allowing them access to its online patient-doctor community.

Belong isn’t just an app that connects people. It is also using AI and machine learning, combined with big data, to help provide patients with personalized information, education, and assistance.

“Belong is applying state of the art machine learning, AI, and NLP technologies to develop one of the world’s most powerful real-world patient-generated data lakes,” Eliran Malki, CEO and cofounder at Belong, told VentureBeat in an interview. “This is disruptive due to both the unprecedented quality of the real-world data it generates and its longitudinal nature. We also use patent-pending d-PRO (digital Patient Reported Outcome) features and other methodologies to build this data lake.”

Of course, Belong’s application of AI doesn’t end at creating a data repository. The organization is using cognitive computing technologies to better understand what happens to patients as they fight their cancer.

“Belong applies machine learning, AI, and medical neural networks to our data lake to better understand patient profiles and patient journeys,” Malki said. “These allow us to (retrospectively) identify challenges, critical decision points and journey ‘bottlenecks’ cancer patients and their families face. We then communicate some of these crowdsourced insights to cancer patients on our platform.”

That’s important because the community, information, and insights on offer can help patients decide what to do next.

“Examples of crowdsourced insights can range from patients’ tips on how to cope with specific side effects to how choosing the right MRI machine can be relevant to diagnosis phases, what some of the warning signs to look out for are, and more,” Malki said.

This new relationship adds the American Cancer Society’s information, insights, and resources to the Belong network.

“The partnership with the ACS brings a new layer of engagement with the ACS’ range of valuable resources, which are now made available to patients through a bi-directional mobile-based communication platform,” Malki said. “So now all patients using Belong have direct access to the ACS’ resources, their information specialists, and other experts who do extraordinary work in both responding to patients and their families on the app and in providing targeted access to the ACS’ services and knowledge base.”

The American Cancer Society is leading a forum on the Belong platform, named “American Cancer Society4U.” Belong users will be able to read relevant information that connects them to resources, as well as contacting the American Cancer Society via the app.

So what’s next for Belong?

“Belong’s mission is to analyze the massive and information-rich real-world data and the patient and caregiver journeys that we generate and eventually use that to help advance science and cancer research toward finding better and more effective solutions for patients,” Malki said. “In other words, we aim to help scientists identify successful patient journeys, and on the other hand identify unsuccessful journeys that should be avoided.”

The Belong app is available for both Android and iOS via the company’s website.

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Google’s Calico partners with new biotech firm to develop anti-aging and cancer drugs

 Google’s Calico partners with new biotech firm to develop anti aging and cancer drugs

The Google-funded startup Calico, as with many of the tech-originating firms foraying into the life sciences, has a lofty goal: to tackle the spectrum of “aging-related” diseases, which encompasses everything from Parkinson’s to Alzheimer’s to cancer. While the outfit is notoriously cagey about its work, it’s certainly not shy about striking up partnerships.

The latest one came on Thursday afternoon, when the biotech C4 Therapeutics announced a five-year research collaboration with Calico to develop drugs for “diseases of aging,” including cancer.

There’s not a whole lot in the way of details. The firms will “leverage C4T’s expertise and capabilities in targeted protein degradation to jointly discover and advance small molecule protein degraders as therapeutic agents to remove certain disease-causing proteins,” according to a press release. In simpler terms, the firms wants to create medicines to sniff out proteins that may help cause cancers and destroy them.

“We know from decades of translational research that it can be incredibly challenging to find effective pharmacologic inhibitors of many of the biologically well-validated targets, particularly in cancer,” said Hal Barron, R&D chief over at Calico, in a statement. “Through the alternative strategy of specifically targeting such proteins for degradation, we believe we have the opportunity to identify promising new therapeutics in cancer and in other diseases as well.”

Beyond that, we know very little, including what other disease targets or specific cancers will be Calico’s and C4T’s focus as they pursue preclinical experimental molecules. Calico has previously struck partnerships with academic institutes like the University of California, San Francisco and biopharma companies such as AbbVie.

This story originally appeared on Fortune.com. Copyright 2017

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Kevin Hart Renovates Young Cancer Patient’s Bedroom With Muscle-Car Theme for Dream Makeover

Kevin Hart took time out of his busy schedule recently to make one boy’s dream a reality, and ET was there for the big reveal.

Jacob, an 11-year-old cancer patient living in Las Vegas, was diagnosed with leukemia in October 2015. Since then, much of Jacob’s days have been spent indoors, which gave Hart an idea.

“Jacob has been dealing with leukemia and he spends a lot of time in his bedroom, so I said, ‘Why not go to this boy’s house and revamp, renovate and change his bedroom in one of the most massive ways possible?’” Hart told ET.

Inspired by Jacob’s interest in muscle cars, Hart linked up with BrittiCares and Rally Health to give Jacob’s room a race-car makeover complete with sports car wall figures and drawers made to look like tool chests.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Jacob tearfully thanked everyone after the epic unveiling.

“Thank you so much for all of this,” Jacob said. “I just can’t put it in words.”

BrittiCares, with the help of Kevin Hart and Rally Health, are helping to increase the quality of life for children suffering from cancer.

“Ultimately, it’s not about me,” Hart said. “It’s about the children, about the people who are in need. That’s all this is.”

Hart’s stand-up movie, Kevin Hart: What Now?, opens Oct. 14.

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Quincy Jones, Comedian Dying Of Cancer, Gets HBO Special!

Comedian, Quincy Jones was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer 6 months ago and was told he had 1 year to live. At 32, Quincy decided that instead of giving up and waiting for the end that he would continue to live his passion: comedy. Despite ongoing chemotherapy, he didn’t stop touring because he wants nothing more than to leave behind a comedic legacy that will not be forgotten.

He’s always been dedicated to his craft, having performed 1000 shows in just one year, which averages out to roughly 3 shows a day. But he aims even bigger. Quincy’s dream to make a comedy special became a reality when, after months of his friends raising funds via a Kickstarter campaign, he was asked to be on The Ellen Show for a second time this month.

Yesterday, Ellen told Quincy that HBO would distribute his comedy special, his lasting legacy. The special is scheduled to be shot on April 4. It will air sometime this Spring.

Ron Parida
had the chance to meet and film a short documentary on the comedian for The Happiness Stories series. The doc is proof that no matter what people face in their lives, pushing forward and staying positive is the only way to leave the imprint you wish to leave behind.

Check out more inspiring stories on Parida’s YouTube, and Facebook.

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Can Big Data Analytics Help Cure Cancer?

Without a doubt, the lives of everyone on this planet has been impacted by the digital economy. Approximately 2 billion of us don’t leave our homes without a smartphone in hand. We shop online for almost every conceivable product. And for the 57% who are still unconnected, they are benefiting from a growing social community that is exchanging ideas, influencing governments worldwide, inspiring change, creating awareness of injustice, and coordinating aid to those in need.

At the same time, a growing number of companies are extending the possibilities of hyperconnectivity. Kaeser Kompressoren is embedding sensors in its systems to predict potential breakdowns and generate revenue by tracking the volume of compressed air consumed by its customers. Haier Asia is doubling up its digital platform to get closer to its customers and give them exactly what they want. Even Europe’s second-largest port found a way to increase capacity by 150% without physically expanding its bustling facility.

For these companies, digital transformation is not just a strategic move – it’s a fundamental part of their survival and overall business model. In fact, a recent study by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) revealed that 59% of executives view the failure to adapt to hyperconnectivity is their organization’s biggest threat.

2016: The year of real digital transformation

Despite all of this change, we have yet to scratch the surface of the possibilities the digital economy offers. Mark my words: 2016 will further prove the transformational power of the digital economy.

As we prepare to usher in a new year, here are my top predictions of how the digital economy will continue to revolutionize everything:

1. Digital masters will emerge – and win every time.

Companies that digitally transform everything they do and touch will further differentiate themselves from those that just dabble in digital services. Although the EIU reports that 19% of companies are radically changing their business model to seize the opportunities hyperconnectivity offers, they are becoming powerful brands.

Take Nike, for example. The well-known sports apparel company has transformed itself into a fitness and lifestyle brand. By actively engaging with customers through social media, mobile technology, and embedded sensors, it is fostering an empowered community. From tracking diet, activity, and fitness progress to sending reminders to get their customers moving, Nike is making sure that their customers have the support they need – whenever and wherever they need it. 

2. Digital Darwinism will become a significant threat.

Technology and society are evolving at a pace that is simply too difficult for many organizations to keep up with.  In fact, according to some predictions, 40% of the Fortune 500 are expected to no longer exist within 10 years if they do not evolve soon.

To survive, companies must be not only the strongest and the most intelligent, but they also must adapt to change.  We have all seen this firsthand as we spent the last 20 years saying goodbye to brand leaders that resisted the call and opportunity to digitize. So for the 81% that are not taking digital transformation seriously, make 2016 the year you start to get serious.

3. Digital transformation will be pervasive across every area of the business. 

To be truly transformed, companies must go beyond window dressing the customer experience, embedding a few sensors to monitor production, and monetizing a service with digital technology. They must reach deep into the bare bones of the company, going as far as human resources and finance and as high up as the executive boardroom.

Digital transformation is just the enabler – real change happens when the business culture, leadership, and processes of profit centers and cost centers embrace it and evolve with it. The cloud, mobile technology, networks, and analytics present every business area with a unique opportunity to gain greater efficiency, perform instant data analysis, and achieve better collaboration. Not only does digital transformation help companies modernize and become an attractive employer brand for younger talent, but it also creates a seamless customer experience, promotes more effective collaboration, and empowers the entire workforce.

One brand that shows the power of such an undertaking is Burberry. Famous for its digital retail experience online and in physical stores, the luxury retailer has taken its personalization strategy to its employees too. By making it easier for employees in all areas to sell the brand to customers, Burberry is experiencing increased engagement across its workforce. And in the end, that means a better customer experience – anytime, anywhere, and through any channel.

4. The sales funnel will disappear – for good.

For decades, the sales funnel has been used as a visual representation of separating qualified buyers from the rest of the prospect pool. However, thanks to the Internet and social network, the sales process has accelerated to the point where the funnel is no longer relevant.

CEB recently uncovered that the average buyer is 57% through the purchase decision process before their first interaction with a sales representative or channel. Plus, companies only have 12% of their customer’s mindshare through the buying experience.  As a result, customers tend to fall through the funnel undetected and without a defined journey.

Through digital transformation, sales and marketing can better address this issue by providing multiple touch points that can make the brand accessible to every existing and potential customer – no matter the path taken. Along the way, data should be collected, consolidated, and distributed across the enterprise to provide insight and power decisions at the moment of the interaction.

5. Cryptocurrency will pave the way for better data security. 

Bitcoin. Drones. Virtual reality. Cloud. All of these emerging technologies has drawn a fair amount of press lately. However, there are always naysayers fearful that these innovations will not measure up in terms of protection from cyberattacks and data breaches. And probably the most eyebrow-raising one of all is cryptocurrency. However, Bitcoin has included a level of security into its ecosystem: The blockchain.

Through redundancy, computational compliance, and high-speed processing, all transactions are logged on a publicly available general ledger and copied across thousands of servers. When a transaction is initiated, every one of those servers must agree that the information given is accurate. Should someone try to cheat or hack into the ecosystem, it will be rejected as soon as the new account identifier is detected to be unidentifiable.

Is it possible that someone can work faster than these servers? According to The Economist, it is nearly impossible to generate a new version of the blockchain quick enough to overtake more than half of the servers controlling it. As computing power and speed increases, so will the servers’ ability to process information faster than the most-competent blockchain miners.

What do you think of these predictions? Dust off your crystal ball and share how you foresee the digital economy evolving!

Learn more about what’s possible for your business in the digital economy. Check out these reports detailing the Economist Intelligence Unit’s research:

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Skin cancer meets its worst nightmare: IBM

Skin cancer may have found its worst enemy: IBM’s cognitive computers.

VentureBeat has learned that IBM Research will announce a partnership today with New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on technology that, in tests, successfully evaluated patterns in medical images and detected even the most deadly forms of skin cancer as much as 97 percent of the time.

The project, run out of the Multimedia Analytics group at IBM Research’s Yorktown Heights, N.Y. headquarters, is Big Blue’s answer to the U.S. Surgeon General’s 2014 “Call to Action” to defeat skin cancer. Citing its crippling massive annual national impact — 9,000 deaths and $ 8 billion in health-care costs — IBM and Memorial Sloan Kettering set out to find a way to apply automated analytics to better detect the disease.

Led by IBM researcher Noel Codella, the project builds on the company’s work on machine learning techniques aimed at automatically picking out things like dogs or cats in imagery, or even picking out a dog or a cat in a photo.

At the same time, Codella told VentureBeat, Memorial Sloan Kettering has been building a database of dermatological images that show different kinds of skin lesions and other elements of diseases and tie them to specific clinical properties.

“Our cognitive systems are using this data to learn what types of features and patterns are most frequent in melanoma to help recognize the disease in images,” Codella said in a phone interview.

Codella added that IBM’s technology has proven adept at analyzing large numbers of images far quicker and with a more finely detailed level of measurement than any doctor could do. The system is designed to evaluate an image in less than a second.

While Codella’s group often works with IBM’s Watson division, Watson — which famously beat the world’s top Jeopardy players and is now being used to tackle large-scale computing problems in everything from finance to health — was not involved in the skin cancer project.

IBM used its technology in controlled tests of more than 3,000 cases of melanoma and other skin lesions. Codella explained that the system was able to identify positive and negative cases of skin cancer with 95-plus percent accuracy.

The highest level of accuracy humans have achieved is 84 percent, Codella said, while some automated approaches have hit 90 percent.

For now, this technology is still in the research stage, and Codella said it could be some time before it is available to dermatologists everywhere. That means, of course, that it could fail to emerge from IBM’s research labs. But if it eventually emerges as a tool available to doctors, skin cancer patients could have their best ally ever in combating the disease.

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Watson, named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, was built by a team of scientists to accomplish a grand challenge –a computing system that rivals a human’s ability to answer questions posed in natural language with speed, accurac… read more »

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Nanoparticle Detects the Deadliest Cancer Cells in Blood

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A novel kind of nanoparticle could lead to more effective cancer treatments. Cancer cells with specific genes glow red once infiltrated by novel nanoparticles (left). The nanoparticles don’t glow in cells without the gene (right).Patients and doct…

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