Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects as many as one in a 100 people over the age of 60. It is estimated that more than five million individuals have PD worldwide, and the number is growing with today’s aging population. Since 2010 the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) has invested $100M assembling the world’s largest PD dataset to drive treatments. Nine years later, no breakthrough discoveries have been made because the data is locked in siloes and remains challenging to explore.
In this talk I’ll share how Blackfynn is applying engineering and data science to help MJFF unlock this dataset and further understand PD, and more broadly how we’re leveraging data to help drive scientific discovery and therapeutics development across neurology.