Infosys, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign enter strategic partnership for Precision Medicine

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Bengaluru, August 23, 2019

IT services major Infosys has announced a strategic partnership with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) to develop new technologies and systems in precision medicine. 
Through this partnership, Infosys also becomes a member of the Center for Computational Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine (CCBGM), a press release from the company said.
"The adoption of new technologies by healthcare companies has significant benefits, including allowing caregivers to predict patients’ diseases and control prohibitive healthcare costs, in turn benefiting both patients and healthcare companies," the release said.
According to it, the partnership will combine Infosys’ strength in advanced machine learning, its artificial intelligence capabilities through the Infosys Nia platform, with UIUC’s expertise in computing systems, bioinformatics and genomic applications, to improve preventive care and enhance predictability of treatment outcomes of potential diseases.
“The partnership between Infosys and UIUC along with our membership in CCBGM opens up a lot of potential for Infosys’ work in the healthcare industry,” said Venky Ananth, Senior Vice President, Head of Healthcare at Infosys. “Not only do we have an opportunity to develop technologies and solutions that can improve and enhance patient care and management, but we also get a chance to collaborate with some of the finest minds on the new frontiers of healthcare innovation.”
“The future of precision medicine, which allows tailoring diagnosis and treatment to each patient in order to optimize outcome, is dependent on the ability to jointly analyze large datasets of heterogeneous biological (genomic, metabolic, neuroimaging, etc.) and clinical measures while incorporating key clinical domain knowledge.  This is a complex challenge and will require innovations in both data-driven analytics and system design to succeed.” said Professor Ravishankar K Iyer, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois and CoPI of the CCBGM. 
Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is among the most prominent research institutions in the United States. 
The university collaborated with the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine to create the Center for Computational Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine (CCBGM). The collaboration brings together Mayo Clinic’s expertise in genetics, genomics, clinical care and individualized medicine with UIUC’s data management and computational technology expertise to achieve breakthroughs in precision medicine.  The centre is funded for five years through the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) program. Industry partners play a large role in the center.

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