Georgia Tech researchers release open-source AI algorithm to predict effectiveness of cancer drugs

Jessica Kim Cohen - Print  | 

A team of researchers from Atlanta-based Georgia Institute of Technology introduced an open-source algorithm Oct. 26 that predicts a cancer drug's effectiveness based on a patient's genetic data.

The researchers developed the machine learning algorithm using gene expression and drug response data from the National Cancer Institute's panel of 60 human cancer cell lines. Their goal was to create an algorithm that predicts optimal drug therapies based on individual patient tumors.

In a study of 273 cancer patients, researchers found the algorithm to be about 85 percent accurate in assessing the effectiveness of nine drugs. By releasing the algorithm on an open-source platform, they hope other researchers will participate in refining their work.

"With our project, we're advertising that sharing should be what everybody does," said Dr. Fredrik Vannberg, a research collaborator on the open-source algorithm and assistant professor in Georgia Tech's School of Biological Sciences. "This can be a win for everybody, but really it's a win for the cancer patients."

To access the open-source algorithm or to read the full study, published in PLOS One, click here.

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