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IQVIA and partners set up cancer ‘data hub’ to speed up research

Seven research centres to be rolled out across UK

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Health Data Research UK has announced the opening of seven new data hubs, which will aid in the discovery of new medicines and technologies across a range of therapy areas. 

The not-for-profit organisation has said that these data hubs will help to improve the quality of life of people with chronic conditions, including cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, respiratory illnesses and other long-term conditions.

According to HDR, over 100 organisations from the NHS, universities, charities, technology and pharmacy companies across the UK will be involved in the hubs.

The founding partners of the cancer data hub, called DATA-CAN, includes IQVIA, UCLPartners, Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Genomics England. IQVIA will run the central database, and will use data from across the UK to help in earlier diagnosis and better treatments for those living with cancer.

Tim Sheppard, senior vice president and general manager for Northern Europe, IQVIA said that “data should not just be used in helping to discover medicines, but also in the day-to-day treatment of patients.” The hub will aim to develop more effective treatments and help health services become more efficient.

He added that the data hubs “are vital to the industrial strategy of the UK– without this kind of initiative we could lose out on attracting genuine research and development”.

The hub is to be supported by patients, charities, clinicians and academics among others, with cancer centres across the UK participating – “if we are going to be successful, data use needs to be agreed by patients, for patients”, said Sheppard.

The announcement of the research centre comes at a time where cancer survival rates, despite increasing in rectal and colon cancer, are trailing behind other high-income countries across the world.

The UK is the worst for key cancers including lung, colon, rectum, stomach and pancreas, according to a recent study in Lancet Oncology. The study showed that the UK performed worse than Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand and Norway in terms of cancer survival rates.

Article by
Lucy Parsons

13th September 2019

From: Research

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