Effective knowledge management in translational medicine.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: The growing consensus that most valuable data source for biomedical discoveries is derived from human samples is clearly reflected in the growing number of translational medicine and translational sciences departments across pharma as well as academic and government supported initiatives such as Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) in the US and the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of EU with emphasis on translating research for human health. METHODS: The pharmaceutical companies of Johnson and Johnson have established translational and biomarker departments and implemented an effective knowledge management framework including building a data warehouse and the associated data mining applications. The implemented resource is built from open source systems such as i2b2 and GenePattern. RESULTS: The system has been deployed across multiple therapeutic areas within the pharmaceutical companies of Johnson and Johnsons and being used actively to integrate and mine internal and public data to support drug discovery and development decisions such as indication selection and trial design in a translational medicine setting. Our results show that the established system allows scientist to quickly re-validate hypotheses or generate new ones with the use of an intuitive graphical interface. CONCLUSIONS: The implemented resource can serve as the basis of precompetitive sharing and mining of studies involving samples from human subjects thus enhancing our understanding of human biology and pathophysiology and ultimately leading to more effective treatment of diseases which represent unmet medical needs.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Szalma, S; Koka, V; Khasanova, T; Perakslis, ED

Published Date

  • July 19, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 /

Start / End Page

  • 68 -

PubMed ID

  • 20642836

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2914663

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1479-5876

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1186/1479-5876-8-68


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England