ThinkData Part of Roche Data Science Coalition to Fight COVID-19

TORONTO, ON - April 6th, 2020 — ThinkData Works, Inc. (ThinkData), the Toronto-based data access solutions company, has joined the Roche Data Science Coalition. ThinkData will use their massive repository of open and public data to fuel solutions around the ongoing COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic.

Roche is a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics focused on advancing science to improve people’s lives. In keeping with their mission, Roche’s Canadian affiliate have launched the Roche Data Science Coalition to advance the global fight against COVID-19 through the sharing of knowledge and healthcare data to power decisions.

The Roche Data Science Coalition is focused on:

  • patient support
  • insights into capacity issues
  • research enhancement

As a member of this coalition, ThinkData Works will provide access to standardized COVID-19 data from primary sources around the world. Over 4.3 million developers, machine learning engineers, and data scientists will tap into the data for the Uncover hackathon, administered by Kaggle and The White House. Learn more about the Uncover challenge here.

“The Roche Data Science Coalition believes that one important way in which the world can win the fight against COVID-19 is by bringing actionable COVID-19 insights to patients, frontline healthcare practitioners, supply chains and governments,” said Fanny Sie, Strategic Healthcare Partner, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Health for Roche Canada. “The data collected through ThinkData Works’ Namara platform will provide the scientific and research community with a robust foundation for current and future COVID-19 patient-level data work.”

Bryan Smith, Co-Founder and CEO of ThinkData, says, “We’re using the skills and tools we’ve refined over the years to contribute to a larger, global cause. The data flowing through Namara, our data platform, puts diverse and critical COVID data in one place and in normalized formats. This way, the people who need it can use it right away.”

The larger business community, researchers, and everyday citizens have come together to create solutions around the COVID pandemic. Because it has never been seen, the world at large is working to understand it with every daily development.



About ThinkData Works
ThinkData Works, Inc. makes data access easy. Efficient tools let users stream data from any public or private source in the world. ThinkData’s platform, Namara, provides data scientists with access to more data, automation for reduced overhead in prep and processing, and more confidence in new data to fuel products, models, and solutions. To learn more, please visit Namara and connect on Twitter and on LinkedIn.

 

About Roche
Roche is a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics focused on advancing science to improve people's lives. The combined strengths of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics under one roof, combined with a focus on innovation, have made Roche the leader in personalized healthcare - a strategy that aims to provide patients with timely access to their best possible healthcare solution.

Roche is the world's largest biotech company, with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and diseases of the central nervous system. Roche is also the world leader in in vitro diagnostics and tissue-based cancer diagnostics, and a frontrunner in diabetes management. 

Founded in 1931, Roche Canada is committed to searching for better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases while making a sustainable contribution to society. The company employs more than 1,200 people across the country through its Pharmaceuticals division in Mississauga, Ontario and Diagnostics, as well as Diabetes Care divisions in Laval, Quebec.

Roche aims to improve patient access to medical innovations by working with all relevant stakeholders. Roche Canada is actively involved in local communities through its charitable giving and partnerships with organizations and healthcare institutions that work together to improve the quality of life of Canadians. For more information, please visit www.RocheCanada.com.


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