Bengaluru: Biocon Foundation Launches OPMD Atlas – An Open Source Oral Cancer Project

OPMD Atlas

Biocon Foundation teams up with leading institutes to launch the Oral Potentially Malignant Disorders (OPMD) Atlas Project, an open source initiative aimed at revolutionising oral cancer prevention and treatment.

The Biocon Foundation has taken a step forward in the battle, against cancer by introducing the Oral Potentially Malignant Disorders (OPMD) Atlas Project. This collaborative initiative, developed in partnership with institutions aims to revolutionize cancer prevention, early detection and treatment.

According to Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, chairperson and managing director of Biocon, the focus now lies in gathering data on malignant oral lesions. “We’re now trying to collect data on pre-malignant oral lesions. It will help us understand potential malignancy,” said Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chairperson and managing director of Biocon. The project will gather data at imaging, molecular, cellular, and biomarker levels, building an inclusive oral cancer atlas that will provide valuable insights to the medical community. “We’ll put them all together in the atlas so that people can develop algorithms and come up with new diagnostics and treatments. It is like an open source knowledge database,” she added, emphasising the collaborative nature of the project.

The OPMD Atlas Project has set its sights on implementing point of care systems for screening, detection and prognosis of OPMD patients. By leveraging technologies and interdisciplinary expertise the project aims to enhance patient outcomes while alleviating the burden of oral cancer.

Engaging stakeholders is an aspect of this initiative; it involves healthcare professionals, researchers and the general public alike.

The aim of the project is to create an environment where people can share knowledge and stay updated on the developments, in cancer research.

Oral cancer is a concern and the OPMD Atlas Project plays a crucial role in addressing this issue. By promoting openness and collaboration this initiative facilitates progress in combating this disease.

Led by the Biocon Foundation this transformative project brings hope to individuals who’re at risk of or affected by cancer. The OPMD Atlas Project is expected to uncover possibilities for detection innovative treatments and ultimately better outcomes for patients.

To summarise through the efforts of the Biocon Foundation and prominent institutions the OPMD Atlas Project has been launched as a platform that promotes oral cancer prevention, early detection and treatment. By creating a database of cancer information this project fosters innovation and empowers stakeholders in their fight, against oral cancer.


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