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Harnessing big data in fight against cancer



Big data is a buzzword in many industries, and has the ability to make a big impact in oncology

Harnessing the power of big data can help in the fight against cancer. Technology is infiltrating most industries.

When we look at healthcare, particularly cancer care, it relies on technological developments.

Healthcare data though, is often missed, but it is crucial.

Data gives us important information, capturing critical insights.

Creating a big data strategy could be the key to helping cancer researchers leverage and pinpoint information.

It would supply them with high-quality and high-variety details, not harnessed before.

“Harnessing big data with artificial intelligence will mean we can treat and diagnose patients earlier,” CEO of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, Lance Kawaguchi says.

“This can help to make health equitable.”

Kawaguchi adds this could be monumental for cancer research.

“In my mind, it could be a game-changer.

“Imagine someone in the Amazon – or in a far-off region or territory – being able to use their iPhone to assess things for a biopsy, to get information.

“We need support from government, going both ways, to share information.”

“Harnessing big data with artificial intelligence will mean we can treat and diagnose patients earlier.”

Lance Kawaguchi, Ceo, cure brain cancer foundation

Dr Ludmil Alexandrov, an Associate Professor of Bioengineering at University of California San Diego argues there is a push by agencies to help with getting more data from lower-income families, to help with understanding the information gathered.

“The majority of data that is being generated from high-income individuals,” Alexandrov revealed. “We don’t see big data coming from low-economic individuals.”

“We want big data, and we don’t want bad quality data.

“We want to have easy-to-use approaches, such as cell phones, that can collect, analyse and help data decisions be made in real-time.”

The CEO of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation succinctly put the message: “the faster we can feed the big data machine and let it do its thing – to make sure we can level the playing field for everyone – the quicker we can diagnose and find a cure.”

Holly is an anchor and reporter at Ticker. She's experienced in live reporting, and has previously covered the Covid-19 pandemic on-location. She's passionate about telling stories in business, climate and health.

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Powerful partners look to A.I focused future



Last year, the world was introduced to ChatGPT, a breakthrough AI capability that has taken the tech industry by storm. The potential for this innovative tool to transform the way we interact with machines is truly mind-blowing.

With this in mind, 6clicks, a global leader in governance, risk, and compliance software, has been working with ChatGPT for months to integrate it into their own AI engine, Hailey.

Ant Stevens and Louis Strauss, from 6clicks, are leading this integration effort and are excited to announce that Hailey is now equipped with ChatGPT’s advanced capabilities.

This integration has resulted in a powerful and innovative AI system that can perform amazing tasks. The combination of Hailey’s advanced algorithms and ChatGPT’s natural language processing abilities allow Hailey to understand and respond to users in a way that is intuitive and conversational.

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Tackling the existing gender gap in the biotech sector



Skilling women researchers and nurturing women CEOs

Today’s society is very advanced – in so many ways.

From the cars people drive, to the way they communicate with one another, to the places people can travel to – and how they can get there.

But unfortunately, gender disparity is still evident for female CEOs, particularly in the Biotech sector.

Most people know that gender inequality still exists in some form, but often no action is taken to change it. With women being underrepresented, it might be having a negative impact on the overall outcomes.

“In order to run a company, one has to be worth more than just their research capabilities, there’s lots of more skills that are necessary,” Dr. Zeenia Kaul from Reheva Biosciences reveals. “During my training as a researcher, I was not necessarily offered an opportunity to learn those skills.

“I had to learn them on job.

“Some of the skills necessary to run a successful biotech startup or business are very different.

“As a scientist, I should be able to read a balance sheet and understand what it means for my business.

“I was very fortunate to have business education that allowed me to get the skillset and have a co-founder who had started companies and expanded them.”

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Cure Brain Cancer Foundation CEO Lance Kawaguchi reveals a similar tale of not many females being – or becoming CEOs – in the sector.

“When I joined the not-for-profit sector two years ago, I didn’t really see any women CEOs,” Kawaguchi adds. “That’s why I wanted to make sure that all the funds that we raised, are going to be dispersed based off merit, not on gender.”

So, how can change be facilitated, not only in the sector but across the board?

“I want to create an ecosystem, so that the biotechs are provided with the commercial experience of how to do intellectual property (IP) law; how to read a balance sheet when you’re doing a debt deal,” Kawaguchi asserts.

“I find many of the researchers, brilliant as they are, don’t have the finance or the business acumen.

“And that’s one thing I’m trying to provide – not only the funding, but also the support to fill in the gaps, to help them progress through each phase,” he says.

Another major obstacle that Kawaguchi points out is the lack of funding given to some companies at Phase zero, especially those startups that don’t have a track record of successful venture capital raises.

“How do you get a track record if you’re not given an opportunity?” he posits. “The more we can support that Phase zero phase or Phase one research, the more shots on goal.

“And this is how we get more from the bench to the bedside – by supporting the front end of the pipeline.”

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Frequent Flyer Points: The Key to Confirmed Business Class Flights?



Increase of frequent flyer programs offered by airlines creates achievable and comfortable travel

It is becoming more apparent that the days of hoping for an upgrade when flying are gone.

With the increasing popularity of frequent flyer programs, more and more people are taking advantage of their accumulated points to secure confirmed business class flights.

The beauty of this trend is that it eliminates the risk of having to settle for a less comfortable economy class seat.

Flyers have found that they can redeem their points for business class tickets on a number of airlines, including some of the world’s most well-known carriers.

This allows them to enjoy the many benefits of a premium cabin, such as extra legroom, luxurious seating, and gourmet meals.

It also means that they can arrive at their destination refreshed and ready for business or leisure.

Steve Hui, also known as The Points Whisperer, is assisting his clients with his flight concierge service to help them turn their points into confirmed business class flights, by-passing the risk of hoping for an upgrade.

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