"Technologies, like analytics and cognitive computing applied to big data, are revolutionizing the way we deliver and receive care," said Robert Merkel, Global Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry Leader, IBM Global Business Services. "IBM is dedicating innovation and expertise to help UCB prove the predictive value of this technology that would arm physicians with information that will help them identify the best possible treatment options and improve quality of care for patients suffering from epilepsy."
As part of its open innovation model, UCB may look to collaborate with additional leaders in the epilepsy and healthcare technology communities to develop and broaden the reach of this project and improve long-term patient outcomes.
, M.Ed., CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation and participant in the project's advisory board said, "The Epilepsy Foundation is very excited about the potential of this innovative approach for more personalized treatment management of epilepsy patients. Individuals fighting epilepsy and their care providers deserve the most current information to help them make informed decisions about their care in a timeframe that matters. This collaboration could benefit patients, their families and the healthcare system in a unique way."
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UCB, Brussels, Belgium ( www.ucb.com) is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines and solutions to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases of the immune system or of the central nervous system. With 9,000 people in approximately 40 countries, the company generated revenue of EUR 3.4 billion in 2012. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB).
About UCB Research Collaborations
UCB has adopted an open innovation model in which internal and external experts collaborate to address unmet needs for people living with severe diseases of the immune system and the central nervous system. As part of its commitment to raising the standard of care for patients, UCB is building these long-term collaborations and super networks with leading researchers and institutions to use cutting-edge scientific research and technology to deliver unique patient solutions.
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