The Hartwig Medical Foundation has chosen Schuberg Philis as its strategic IT partner for the development of the first national DNA databank for cancer research.
The Hartwig Medical Foundation has chosen Schuberg Philis as its strategic IT partner for the development of the first national DNA databank for cancer research. DNA sequencing is used to gain a systematic overview of the genetic errors in tumors, and this information is linked to data on the clinical treatment of cancer patients throughout the Netherlands. Analyzing the DNA samples requires an enormous amount of computational power, a highly secure environment, and excellent continuity. Schuberg Philis provides High Performance Cloud Computing, software development, and analytical services. The raw data come from a rapidly growing number of Dutch hospitals that are affiliated with the Center for Personalized Cancer Treatment (CPCT). The processed data is accessible in an anonymous form for research designed to improve cancer treatments.
Hans van Snellenberg, Director of the Hartwig Medical Foundation, explains why the Foundation chose Schuberg Philis: "We have spoken with various parties, and they all provided very attractive quotes for data storage and processing, but for me it is just as important that there should be a good match with the partner. They should be able to make a real contribution to achieving our mission. The team at Schuberg Philis stood out immediately because of the extra quality of their specialists and their passion for working together and getting things done. Their energized approach has already led to various improvements and cost savings in the analysis process. It is evident to us that IT is crucial to achieving our mission. Schuberg Philis has the right attitude, knowledge, and infrastructure to make that possible."
Pim Berger, Director of Schuberg Philis, is delighted that the Hartwig Medical Foundation regards Schuberg Philis as its strategic partner in IT: "We can absolutely identify with the goal of finding pragmatic solutions to one of the biggest health issues of our time, using cutting-edge science, modern technology, innovative entrepreneurship, and close team work. Our goal is to create a world-class system, together with the Hartwig Medical Foundation team. At Schuberg Philis we certainly intend to take a leading position in this field."
About the Hartwig Medical Foundation
The Hartwig Medical Foundation was established in 2015 to make nation-wide, systematic DNA analyses possible, and to link them to patient information and treatment records. This non-profit Foundation is a spin-off from the Center for Personalized Cancer Treatment (CPCT), a partnership set up for the study of personalized cancer treatments. The CPCT started out in 2010 with collaboration between the University Medical Center at Utrecht, the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital in Amsterdam and the Erasmus Medical Center /Daniel den Hoed Clinic in Rotterdam. Today, 22 hospitals are affiliated with the CPCT and 10 more will join them in the near future.