In 2006, the big data platform used by CancerIQ today was developed at the University of Chicago by an interdisciplinary team of researchers. This effort was led by Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow award-winning cancer geneticist, and by Dr. Ian Foster, Director of the Computational Institute and the "father" of grid computing.
This technology was optimized specifically for cancer, and supports the integration of clinical genomics and outcomes data. This allowed researchers and oncologists to quickly develop insights that would have otherwise been trapped in various IT systems and data warehouses. Researchers at the University of Chicago were able to use this large repository of high quality data on cancer cases to improve research productivity and accelerate discovery.
The CancerIQ team was formed in 2012 to scale access to this valuable technology. As an independent, market-focused team, CancerIQ can now share the University of Chicago's data-driven approach with researchers, oncologists, administrators and patients, to accelerate personalized care in cancer.