Microsoft announces new AI-powered health care initiatives targeting cancer

microsoftMicrosoft has announced a quartet of new initiatives focusing on using artificial intelligence in health care. The company says its researchers are effectively working to “solve” cancer, deploying machine learning techniques for tasks like analyzing tumors and designing new medication regimes. Another projects wants to construct detailed simulations of how cancer develops in different patients’ bodies, while one particularly ambitious project — which Microsoft is calling its “moonshot” effort — aims to create biological cells that are programmable like computers.

Now, creating cells designed to fight cancer is obviously an ambitious task (if it’s even possible) and Microsoft is not offering much detail about this particular project. However, personalizing medicine using AI is a much more attainable — and hopefully effective — goal. Cancer is notoriously varied in how it attacks individuals, and the drugs used to target tumors are just as diverse, with hundreds of different combinations available. Microsoft’s Project Hanover aims to help doctors narrow their search for the right drug regime, sifting through medical papers to suggest the most effective treatments. IBM is working on a similar project, using 600,000 medical and 1.5 million patient records to explore better cancer treatments.

By James Vincent | The Verge

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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