Columbia University, IBM launch blockchain center to drive precision medicine research

IBM and New York City-based Columbia University revealed plans for a new research and education center focused on blockchain technology and data transparency July 17.

The Columbia-IBM Center for Blockchain and Data Transparency in New York City will bring together experts from academic, scientific, business and government backgrounds to conduct research, advise on regulations and support startups related to blockchain applications, among other priorities.

One of the center's initial projects will focus on securely bringing together various data sources to gain insight into precision medicine, according to IBM's statement.

A steering committee composed of Columbia University faculty and IBM Research scientists and business leaders will lead the center.

"With Columbia, we are able to bring together leading thinkers on applying blockchain and data best practices based on extensive research and business experience and together prepare a new generation of technologists and business leaders," Arvind Krishna, PhD, senior vice president of hybrid cloud and director of IBM Research, said in the company's statement.

The center will release a call for curriculum development, business initiative and research program proposals later this year.

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