Scripps Research Translational Institute and NVIDIA enter a new partnership
With the aim to make bespoke medicine accessible worldwide, Scripps Research Translational Institute has focused on utilising tools of genomics and digital medicine and enhancing this through the use of exceptional technologies.
Becoming one of the largest independent, not-for-profit research organisations, the company has recently partnered with AI specialist NVIDIA to harness deep learning tools and methods to process and analyse genomic and digital medical sensor data.
By accelerating the application of artificial intelligence (AI) for disease prevention, health promotion and the streamlining of biomedical research efforts. Scripps and NVIDIA will focus on advancing the use of deep learning, a subset of AI that is poised to play a key role in improving clinical outcomes and reducing healthcare costs, the company has stated.
Eric Topol, MD, founder and director of Scripps Research Translational Institute and professor at Scripps Research.
“AI has tremendous promise to transform the future of medicine,” says Eric Topol, MD, founder and director of Scripps Research Translational Institute and professor.
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“With NVIDIA, we aim to establish a centre of excellence for artificial intelligence in genomics and digital sensors, with the ultimate goal of developing best practices, tools and AI infrastructure for broader adoption and application by the biomedical research community.”
“AI is already transforming healthcare by using electronic health records and medical imaging to better diagnose and treat disease,” added Kimberly Powell, vice president of healthcare at NVIDIA. “Our collaboration with Scripps expands these opportunities by tapping into the rapid accessibility of genomic and digital wearable data, and furthers the quest to better predict and prevent disease.”
The move follows on from companies such as Apple, who have stated that the use of AI will help to enhance patients’ quality of life, give greater control back to patients regarding their healthcare needs and lower healthcare costs. Its new FDA-cleared Apple Watch ECG is one of the many health technologies set to revolutionise the market.
Through the partnership, similarly to Apple, Nvidia and Scripps will initially explore the use of AI to support those with atrial fibrillation and ways in which to deliver positive patient outcomes at each opportunity and boosting clinical efficiency through the use of enhanced health data.
Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT
Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.
“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.
Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:
- Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
- CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
- Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data
However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”
In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies.
The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help.
“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”