IBM's supercomputer Watson, known for its "Jeopardy" prowess, is teaming up with the Department of Veterans Affairs in a bid to revolutionize cancer care for veterans.
Under the IBM-VA partnership, Watson technology will be provided free for two years to the VA's precision-oncology program. The artificial intelligence system will analyze genomic information, pinpoint cancer-causing mutations and help identify potential treatments for as many as 10,000 patients.
The IBM-VA partnership is one of dozens of initiatives being announced Wednesday as part of Vice President Biden's all-day cancer summit at Howard University in Washington. Other efforts aim to sharply increase the number of patients in clinical trials, harness the government's computing power to pave the way for better "precision medicine" therapies and rejigger the way the Food and Drug Administration approves cancer-related products.
More than 350 researchers, oncologists, data experts, patients and others are taking part in Washington, with an additional 6,000 signed up for 270 regional summits around the country, according to Biden's office. Participants will spend much of their time trying to develop ideas to accelerate progress against the disease -- the goal of the "cancer moonshot" effort announced by President Obama earlier this year.
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