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SAP gave a high-tech infusion to the healthcare industry and Big Data analytics Tuesday, announcing a joint effort with Technical University Munich (TUM) that could revolutionize the scientific community’s use of proteins in the human genome. ProteomicsDB is a free online research tool powered by SAP HANA that lets users to create and modify new projects and experiments, as well as securely share data.

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Big Data analytics applied to genomics and proteomics helps healthcare providers customize treatments in ways never before possible.

Technological advancements have fueled the growth of personalized medicine, which tailors healthcare to each patient based on his or her unique genetic code. Rapid data mining, visualization and other breakthroughs empower healthcare providers to develop customized treatments that target illnesses in ways never before possible, helping to reduce side effects.

“ProteomicsDB is a significant step ahead in our research aiming at a better understanding of human disease and more informed future treatments,” Prof. Bernhard Kuster of TUM said in a statement. “The software helps us and others to store, integrate and analyze experimental data in real time, allowing us to study more complex biological systems at greater depth than previously possible.”

The new offering stores proteomic data, which is important because proteins are the key components of chemical reactions that keep cells functioning. ProteomicsDB has already helped identify proteins mapping to more than 18,000 human genes — that’s about 90 percent of the human proteome.

The database will be valuable to healthcare researchers in fields such as life sciences, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. It already contains more than 11,000 datasets from human cancer cell lines, tissues and body fluids, enabling real-time analysis of highly dimensional data for analytical hypothesis testing.

Healthcare is one of 24 SAP Industries. Follow the latest about Industries on Twitter with the hashtag #SAPIndustries, and keep an eye on SAP Business Trends next week for coverage of the SAP Industry Analyst Base Camp 2013.

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