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Accenture Proclaims Project on Pediatric Leukemia Research

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Accenture plc (ACN - Free Report) announced yesterday that it has developed a data and analytics approach capable of extracting and managing insights from pediatric acute myeloid leukemia (“AML”) genomic data.

The approach is aimed at enabling pediatric AML-focused oncology physicians and researchers to increase analytical efficiency when it comes to patients’ clinical trial and genetic data.

Built on Accenture research, the approach offers a more informed assessment of clinical and genomic data, helping better identification of patients who may fail to respond to conventional treatments. The project has the potential to increase effectiveness of precision medicine.

Accenture is collaborating with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch), and the Target Pediatric AML (TpAML) computational working group in this initiative.

TpAML has provided sequencing data and guidance on genetic markers, clinical trial treatment details, and clinical outcomes. These are key data points that describe patients’ response to a specific treatment during diagnosis before the commencement of chemotherapy.

Accenture has developed a code base that helps better comprehend and predict patients’ response to specific treatments. The company used data science and engineering tools like Python and Alteryx, and machine-learning libraries like scikit-learn in the process. It made data more interactive using Unity 3D visualization.

Notably, Accenture’s shares have gained 20.9% over the past year, outperforming 16% rally of the industry it belongs to.

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Currently, Accenture has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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