Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation: Childhood Cancer Data Lab*
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation will launch Refine.Bio, a free repository that will use deep learning to harmonize publicly available data, by the end of 2018. There is enough publicly available disease data at the National Institute of Health to fill several hundred Libraries of Congress. Unfortunately, much of that information is processed by researchers in different ways. Translating that data into one consistent format so that all researchers can access and understand it is one of the jobs of the Childhood Cancer Data Lab (CCDL), founded by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). The CCDL fulfills ALSF’s original Moonshot commitment to open the first big data lab of its kind that is dedicated to childhood cancer. The first product of the CCDL is Refine.Bio. Set to launch by the end of 2018, Refine.Bio will be available for free to all researchers. Already, the CCDL team is training pediatric oncology researchers on how to access and analyze this data to identify common patterns and produce experiments that will help accelerate cures for kids fighting cancer. The CCDL will also harness machine learning to provide greater insight into an individual’s specific biology that can lead to more targeted treatments for pediatric cancer.