NetApp and Stanford Genome Technology Center Embark on Quest to Find Cure for Gastric Cancer
Sunnyvale, Calif.-January 11,
2010- Gastric cancer is the number two cancer killer
worldwide and one of the top cancer killers in the U.S., but
gastric cancer research gets the least federal funding of any type
of cancer research. According to a CBS News analysis of data
released by the American Cancer Society, for every cancer-related
death in the U.S., only $1,168 federal research dollars are spent
on gastric cancer, versus $18,870 for cancer of the cervix and
$14,095 for breast cancer.1
To address the significant need for gastric
cancer research, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) and Stanford Genome
Technology Center are building the country's first comprehensive
gastric cancer registry powered by NetApp® storage technology.
NetApp donated more than $600,000 in hardware, software, and
services to the Stanford Genome Technology Center on behalf of the
Gastric Cancer Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping
people fight gastric cancer.
The Gastric Cancer Fund is working with the
Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Center and Stanford Genome Technology
Center to build a comprehensive gastric cancer registry to
aggregate all pertinent clinical and genetic data on gastric cancer
patients and serve as a resource in developing strategies for this
cancer's detection, treatment, and prevention. The registry
leverages a high-performance computing system which will be
integrated into state-of-the-art genomic DNA sequencing of gastric
cancer tumors and patient DNA samples to better understand the
genetic make-up of the gastric cancer cell. Cancer genome DNA
sequencing generates enormous amounts of data and requires a
high-performance and easy-to-manage data storage system to
accelerate the research process.
"NetApp technology will help us to advance
research in gastric cancer by allowing us to sequence gastric
cancer genomes and manipulate the vast amounts of DNA sequence data
generated at a level unachievable just a few years ago" said Dr.
James Ford, medical oncologist and geneticist at Stanford
University Medical Center. "The dramatic improvement in performance
and management capabilities has allowed our scientists to optimize
our research processes and will accelerate our quest to improve the
detection, treatment, and prevention of gastric cancer."
NetApp donated a FAS3070 data storage system
to support the Stanford Genome Technology Center's research. The
system includes the NetApp Data ONTAP® 8.0 operating system,
which is one of a few select file systems that can handle the large
throughput requirements for supporting genomic sequencing. NetApp
is also providing complimentary professional services to help the
Stanford Genome Technology Center rearchitect the way it does
The Gastric Cancer Fund was founded by J. P.
Gallagher, a gastric cancer survivor and NetApp employee, in March
2009. Realizing Stanford Genome Technology Center's need for more
efficient storage to help solve complicated scientific problems
more quickly, Gallagher and NetApp sprang into action.
"We are pleased to support the Stanford
Genome Technology Center and the Gastric Cancer Fund in this
critical endeavor," said Rob Salmon, executive vice president,
Field Operations, NetApp. "At NetApp we are passionate about being
a great place to work, and strive to make a positive impact on our
communities and support causes that are important to our
About The Gastric Cancer
The Gastric Cancer Fund is dedicated to helping people fight
gastric cancer. Through education, research, support, and advocacy,
the organization is dedicated to improving the lives of those
affected by gastric cancer and working with leading researchers to
find a cure to this disease. For more information on The Gastric
Cancer Fund or to make a donation, please visit www.gastriccancer.org.
About Stanford Genome Technology
The Stanford Genome Technology Center is a federally funded,
multidisciplinary effort that uses genomic-based approaches to
attack fundamental problems in biology and medicine. For more
information, see med.stanford.edu/sgtc.
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1 CBS Evening News, "The
Disparity in Cancer Research Funding Cancer Is Down Overall, But
Some of the Fastest-Growing Types Are Getting the Least
Attention," Jonathan LaPook, May 27, 2009.
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