Today, more than 290,000 researchers in France are working to provide better support and care for patients through modern medical treatment. To fulfill their mission, these researchers must be equipped with powerful tools. At AWS, we believe that technology has a critical role to play in medical research. Why? Because technology can take advantage of the significant amount of data generated in the healthcare system and in the research community to enable opportunities for more accurate diagnoses, and better treatments for many existing and future diseases.
Imagine we have a key that represents the cure, and a lock that represents the disease. Researchers are trying to find the right key to match a particular lock, for example, a molecule that interacts with a disease receptor. Now imagine that you have billions of keys and billions of locks. Trying to manually match the keys and locks would take years. Today, it is possible to accelerate this research using the cloud as it can store, structure, and analyze data at petabyte scale in minutes.
But capacity isn’t everything; security concerns when dealing with health data are also critical. Security is a top priority at AWS, which enables us to build applications that comply with the regulatory framework for health data security and privacy under the French HDS certification, as well as the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It is essential to equip researchers with technologies that will allow them to work in complete safety, while providing the confidentiality of the analyzed data.
To support elite research in France, we are proud to be a sponsor of two French organizations: Gustave Roussy and Sorbonne University. AWS is providing them with the computing power and machine learning technologies needed to accelerate cancer research and develop a treatment for COVID-19.
Read the full blog to learn how Gustave Roussy and Sorbonne University are accelerating treatments for COVID-19 with AWS HPC.