May 14, 2013
Ayasdi Named "Cool Vendor" by Gartner
By: Jeff Yoshimura
a biologist who had spent more than a decade in pharmaceuticals, saw a
stunning discovery when she met Ayasdi’s co-founders for the first time.
By complete coincidence, they happened to be looking at a breast cancer
dataset that she had produced while at Merck twelve years before. She
knew this dataset inside and out. But, using Ayasdi’s software, she saw
something strikingly different and unique.
Specifically, Pek saw that the data formed a “Y” shape that
looked like a two-earned worm. Within minutes, she identified a new
sub-population of surviving patients that, based on their genetic
markers, were supposed to have died. Having used nearly every leading
analytical and statistical tool available, Pek immediately knew that
Ayasdi’s co-founders were onto something big. Soon after, Pek joined
Ayasdi as the VP of Solutions and Chief Data Scientist and worked to get
this discovery scientifically validated and published in Nature's Scientific Reports.
Today, we work with many of the world’s leading
pharmaceutical and healthcare organizations, such as Merck, BN
ImmunoTherapeutics (a subsidiary of Bavarian Nordic), Mount Sinai
Medical Center, and UCSF. Our approach using Topological Data Analysis
(TDA) is helping scientists and researchers automatically identify
important and unique relationships in highly complex datasets across a
wide variety of areas including cancer, diabetes, E-Coli, traumatic
brain and spinal cord injuries, and autism.
Congratulations to Pek — and to our entire team — who have
helped make this recognition possible. And, more importantly, we send a
special thank you to our customers and collaborators for working with us
to help them find breakthrough insights that will eventually help
improve lives all over the world.
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